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Caretaker government must abolish water charges to reflect election result- Lynn Boylan MEP

11 March, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has again called on the caretaker government to get rid of water charges by withdrawing the Irish River Basin Management Submission and amending it to reflect the election result before the March 22nd deadline.

Each EU member state is obliged to submit a River Basin Management Scheme outlining how it complies with the EU Water Framework Directive.

The current River Basin Management Scheme for Ireland has not been adopted by the EU Commission and won’t be before March 22nd. 

Ms Boylan said;

“The majority of TDs elected to the new Dáil stood on an anti-water charges platform.

“Unfortunately Fianna Fáil despite its election rhetoric yesterday sided with Fine Gael to block a Sinn Féin motion for a debate on water charges and Irish water.

We need to be very clear.

There is no obligation on Ireland to introduce water charges. This might be the EU Commission’s preferred method but it is it is not the only way.”

For the establishment parties to lay the blame for water charges squarely at the feet of Europe and the Troika is lazy.

This was one austerity element that was NOT forced upon us and time is running out to end the debacle once and for all.”

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