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Councils will not become Irish Water debt collectors‏- Daithí Doolan

20 November, 2014 - by Daithí Doolan

Sinn Féin's Dublin City Councillor Daithí Doolan has said, "local authorities should not become debt collectors for Irish Water.

"Responding to reports that councils will have to chase local authority tenants for outstanding water charges, Doolan said:

"This is an insult. It clearly shows just how desperate this Government really is. Local authorities have never before been asked to hunt down tenants for unpaid bills and it certainly will not happen now.

This government has created this water charge mess and it is up to them to clean it up. "I will be raising this matter with the Dublin City Council CEO today. We need a strong statement from Dublin City Council assuring tenants that they have nothing fear if they choose not to pay this unfair charge.

It is important that councillors instruct their CEO's that councils will not become debt collectors for Irish Water. Water charges and the establishment of Irish Water has been a political disaster for this government. It is time for Minister Kelly to shut down Irish Water and scrap not cap the water charges."

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