Stanley claims that Irish Water payment figures are ‘dubious’
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Brian Stanley TD, has claimed that Irish Water’s figures on the numbers who have paid their water charges bill are dubious. He was referring to the claim by Irish Water that 90% of customers who paid their first bill had also paid their second bill. Irish Water also say that a further 150,000 people have paid their second bill.
Deputy Stanley said:
"The figure of 90% is meaningless really given that we do not even know for certain how many people did pay their first bill. The company continues to refuse to publish full figures on those numbers.
“It is also the case that the €100 so-called conservation grant has not succeeded in persuading many new people to begin paying their charges. Indeed it would seem that the uptake has been far less than was expected, and that forced them to extend the deadline until midnight tonight.
“It is clear then that people are not being induced to pay the charges but are waiting for an election in the hope or expectation that the charges will be abolished. Sinn Féin is committed to this and will ensure that both Irish Water and the water charges are abolished if we are in government following the election.”