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Lynn Boylan MEP slams Commission's patronising comments about the Irish electorate

4 December, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has today slammed the European Commission after a representative of the institution asserted that Irish people don’t understand that they have to pay for water.

The Commission representative made these comments at a conference on water pricing that was hosted by Aqua Publica Europea and attended by Lynn Boylan.

Speaking about the Commission’s sanctimonious comments Ms Boylan said:

“The Commission is once again demonstrating its arrogance. Irish people understand perfectly well what is happening in Ireland with the water charges. Irish people are so aware that they are refusing to pay for water twice.

We already pay for our water through general taxation and the wholly inept and shambolic entity that is Irish Water has also been funded by Irish taxpayers.

The Irish government alludes to conservation being a factor in the introduction of this tax. It is appalling that 40% of domestic water is being lost through leaking pipes. Instead of the government investing in the aged and decrepit infrastructure it has spent half a billion euro of the National Pension Reserve Fund in setting up a quango that is not fit for purpose and in the installation water meters."

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