Water charges are politically dead and need a Dáil burial - David Cullinane TD
Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has criticised Fianna Fáil for failing to take the opportunity to implement its manifesto commitment to abolish Irish Water and end water charges.
Deputy Cullinane said water charges are politically dead and need to be given a burial in the Dáil.
A majority of TDs were elected to the Dáil on a mandate to scrap water charges and abolish water charges. Legislation should be brought in to give affect to that mandate and a referendum should be held to enshrine public ownership of Irish water in the constitution.
He went on to say his party would look at the viability of refunding those who have paid their charges in the event of charges being abolished.
“Sinn Féin has made it clear that we would not pursue those people who have not paid water charges.
“We have said that we could not make a commitment to pay back those who have paid if and when water charges are abolished. This was because the money simply wasn’t there to do that.
“However, given the government’s announcement today of additional resources available in this year’s budget we are willing to look at such a proposal, to see if it is viable to refund those who have paid their water charges to date.”