Stanley questions Minister on EU derogation from water charges
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment, Brian Stanley TD, today questioned Minister Alan Kelly over the claim that the state had secured a derogation from the EU Water Framework Directive.
In response to Deputy Stanley’s question as to whether such a derogation existed, or was still in force, Minister Kelly said that no such derogation was in place.
Such a derogation was believed to exist, and that was why no charges were imposed until now. Deputy Stanley said he will be seeking further clarification on this as the Minister did not say when the derogation ended.
“With regards to compliance with the directive itself, I am strongly of the opinion that domestic water charges are not necessary in order to comply with the directive’s call for higher water quality and conservation.
“That can be addressed through tackling leaks and wastage. Indeed since 2010 just €160 million has been spent on addressing leaks and maintenance of the system in comparison to a massive and growing bill for Irish water.”