Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Lynn Boylan has reacted to confirmation from the government today that the water charge rate will now cost an average of €240 per household.
Speaking while canvassing in Dublin today, Lynn said:
"The government has at last released details of the proposed water charges and it is clear the disagreement between the government parties has left us all with a confused, complicated charging system, where people cannot know the exact cost until bills begin dropping through their letter boxes. The average cost of €240 per household, as announced by the government today is little more than an estimate.
"It is also important that people realise that the scheme, as announced today, is only fixed in place until the end of 2016. We are all too well aware that these charges will only go one way - upwards.
“Let me be quite clear here. There was no necessity for water charges. My party, Sinn Féin, has ensured that there are no water charges in the six counties. Fine Gael, Labour as well as Fianna Fáil and the Greens before them, could have stood up for the people of Ireland but instead adopted a weak, compliant approach to the Troika. Their MEPs have always adopted a similar approach.
“Dublin needs an MEP who will stand up for its people, an MEP who will challenge and question on their behalf. If I am elected to represent Dublin I can assure everybody that I will be that MEP".