Stanley Accuses Government of ‘Desperation’ on Water Charges
Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley has accused the government of desperation in its ongoing attempts to persuade people to pay the water charges. Deputy Stanley was speaking during a debate on the issue in the Dáil this evening.
Deputy Stanley said:
“Sinn Féin’s position is quite clear. We want the water services kept in public ownership and for this to be enshrined in the constitution, under a slimmed down public body that would be accountable to the Oireachtas for capital spending. All of that could have been accomplished by spending less money than has been squandered on Irish Water, its consultants, metering programme and legal advisors.”
“The government has made a series of U-turns on the registration date and on the billing system as it dawns on them that hundreds of thousands of people will not pay their water charges bill. All of this suggests desperation and panic as a general election looms, particularly on the part of the Labour Party which promised to oppose the introduction of water charges.”
“The Government is also attempting to be clever about the issue of penalties as that will left hanging over people and they will not kick in prior to an election. Of course that also means that people will have the chance to answer that at the ballot box by returning a Government that will abolish water charges.”
“If Sinn Féin is part of the next government we will abolish domestic water charges and we have shown in our pre Budget submission where we would find the €300 million to compensate for abolition.”