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Sinn Féin reacts to plans to introduce water tax

4 October, 2010

Reacting to comments and briefings from senior Government personnel over the weekend that the introduction of a water tax would form part of the Government's budgetary plans, Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the party would mount a vigorous campaign against such plans. He said it was clear from the statements reported in the weekend media that water charges were only being considered in the context of increased taxation and had nothing to do with water conservation as had been suggested in the past.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “Suggestions that a flat water tax will be introduced in the Budget demonstrate the government’s determination to keeping tapping the pockets of low and middle earners.

“This tax has nothing to do with water conservation. The government need to shore up revenue from somewhere and they refuse to target wealth.

“Sinn Féin have demonstrated that the Exchequer books can be balanced without introducing regressive taxes and without cutting vital services or welfare. All that is required is the political will to tap the wealthy.

“A water tax is a tax on a basic human need. Is there no level to which Brian Cowen, Brian Lenihan and John Gormley will not stoop to secure cash to bail out their cronies in the banks! The government needs to follow the advice of Fianna Fáil TD Mary O'Rourke and call an election immediately.” ENDS

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