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Ramming through important & detailed water services legislation is unacceptable -Stanley

12 December, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Environment, Community & Local Government, Brian Stanley TD has today accused the government of “attempting to rush the Water Services Bill through the Dáil next week.”

Stanley said:

“The Water Services Bill is a very important bill. It aims to transfer all the water service assets from 31 local authorities to the newly established Irish Water. It will also allow Irish Water to charge households for drinking water. This is a huge shift in public policy. It will have major implications for households across the state. It needs a full and comprehensive Dáil debate.

“The government intends to rush the Bill though next Wednesday, the day before the Dáil breaks up for Christmas. I raised it directly with Tánaiste in the Dáil today.

“It is a technical bill with huge implications for local government and the general public.  It should be referred to the Dáil environment committee to allow experts and stake holders have input into the debate. There is no need to rush it through in this manner. If necessary the government can introduce an amendment to the original Water Services Bill to allow local authorities continue providing the water services until the new bill is passed.

“This government must be held to account on this issue. Ramming through important and detailed legislation like this is unacceptable.”

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