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Water charges threats clearly not working - Stanley

15 July, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn  Féin spokesperson on the environment, Brian Stanley TD, has claimed that the low numbers of  people who have paid  their water charges proves that threats to attach the charge to people’s homes and earnings is clearly not  working. He was responding to the release of figures which show that just 43% of those billed have paid.

Deputy Stanley said:

“The recent railroading of legislation to force people to pay water charges was known before the most recent deadline. It was clearly hoped that that would induce a large number of people to pay the bills they had received.

“That threat has failed, and many people do not regard the legislative changes as sufficient to force them to comply. It is also the case that more and more  people are of the belief that the next general election will lead to the defeat of the government, the abolition of water charges, and a restructuring of the water services to repair the damage done by Irish Water.”

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