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Minister should abandon water tax plans – Ó Snodaigh

25 May, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on Environment Minister John Gormley to abandon plans to punish families by introducing a charge for household water usage after it was revealed today that Councils throughout the State have failed to collect charges from a majority of businesses.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the Minister should concentrate on preserving water by fixing all the leaks in water pipes throughout the State.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“If the Minister was serious about preserving water then he would be acting to fix the leaks in the water pipes throughout the State which are currently wasting anywhere between 16% and 58% of our water supply.

“The reality is that the Minister’s proposal is not about preserving water but more about the Government putting its hand into the pockets of its citizens once again.

“It has been revealed today that Councils throughout the State are failing to collect charges for water from the majority of businesses. This begs the question, why should ordinary working families be forced to pay for a basic service which businesses are not even paying for?

“I would urge the Minister, even at this late stage, to abandon his plans to punish households in this way and to focus his energies on fixing the leaks in the State’s piping infrastructure.” ENDS

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