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People won’t pay water charges in spite of bullying by government – Cullinane

21 July, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has said people will not be intimidated by government threats and bullying. He was speaking during debate on legislation to penalise people who do not register with Irish Water or pay their water charges.

Senator Cullinane said:

“This legislation is draconian and unenforceable.

“The low number of people who have paid their water charges proves that threats to attach the charge to people’s homes and earnings are clearly not working.

“So far, just 43% of those billed have paid their water bill.

“The fact is that the threats and penalties in this legislation are not working. Railroading this legislation through before the summer recess is a sign of desperation.

“If the government has to resort to making landlords tax collectors for the government then it has lost all legitimacy to govern.

“Whether the government like it or not people are opposed to water charges and they will not pay.

“People are of the belief that the next general election will lead to the defeat of the government and the abolition of water charges.

“Threats and rushing strange legislation through before the holiday is not acceptable and Sinn Féin will vigorously oppose it.” 

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