The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Brian Stanley TD has strongly criticised Minister Phil Hogan’s record in the Dáil today.
The Laois/Offaly TD was scathing of the Minister’s role in establishing Irish Water, in failing to bring forward the Climate Change Bill, and breaking the promise in the Programme for Government to introduce a bin charge waiver for low income households.
Deputy Stanley was speaking during statements on the Government’s record to date.
Deputy Stanley said;
“Unfortunately one promise the Government has fulfilled was to go ahead with the decision to establish Irish water, and to introduce domestic water charges. We have seen the costs of establishing the new entity spiral with over €80 million for consultancy firms, and salaries of over €100,000 for top executives.
“Households are being doubly charged for water as not only will they be subject to water charges, but the Local Property Tax is being raided to subvent Irish Water to the tune of €486 million. That will in turn reduce the funding available to local authorities to support local services.
“Minister Hogan has also failed to act on the promise to introduce a waiver for low income households for bin charges. This has led to a significant number of households having no authorised collector, and a subsequent increase in the amount of domestic waste being illegally dumped. Local authorities have to clean up this which imposes a further cost on the taxpayer.”