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EC water charges pronouncements “purely speculative” – Lynn Boylan MEP

3 June, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has stated that the European Commission can only make a conclusive response on ending water charges once the government has submitted a proposal. The MEP has said that any other assessments of the situation are purely speculative.

Speaking today Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin, Lynn Boylan said:

“Over the last number of days there have been sources within the European Commission who were quoted as saying that the ending of water charging will result in fines.

“It is clear from replies received to myself and other MEPs, that the Commission will only be able to make a conclusive response once the government has made a proposal. Any briefings or other assessments pending a ruling by the Commission are purely speculative and of no legal standing.

“It is no surprise that elements within the Commission support the continuation of water charges and support the privatisation of water. However the Commission needs to recognise that a majority of TDs in the 32nd Dáil were elected on a platform to abolish water charges. The European Commission must respect the democratic will of the people.

“It is up to the Irish Government to implement the will of the people and end water charging. We need the government and all the Irish representatives in the EU to act together to ensure the ending of these charges.

“It is job of the Commission to respect the democratic will of the people to end water charges. This can be facilitated within the terms of the existing legislation.”

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