Other parties a year behind on funding for Irish Water – Stanley
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Brian Stanley TD, has pointed out that information regarding the diversion of funding from local authorities to Irish Water was exposed by him through questions to former Minister Phil Hogan over a year ago. This arose at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday afternoon.
Deputy Stanley said:
“On January 30th, 2014, based on a reply to a PQ from Phil Hogan, I highlighted the fact that the Local Government Fund was slashed by €320 million. At the same time, Irish Water was given a subvention from the fund of €490 million.
“I pointed out that the Local Property Tax was therefore being used to fund Irish Water, rather than as promised to contribute to the maintenance of local services and amenities. So in effect taxpayers are paying for water not only through water charges but through the diversion of the LPT and road taxes.
“I welcome the renewed attention to this issue by Fianna Fáil who supported the introduction of water charges, and indeed who were proposing a much higher domestic charge in their so-called recovery plan which they published around the time of the disastrous bank bailout.” ENDS