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Taoiseach must show political will against water charges – Boylan

10 June, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has said that an Taoiseach Enda Kenny has a decision to make whether to back domestic water charges or the Irish people.

 Ms Boylan’s comments come after confirmation was received that Ireland could still make use of the derogation on water charges and that the Commission source that said otherwise was not speaking in an official capacity.

 The Dublin MEP said:

 “The European Commission has now confirmed that, contrary to what was reported in the media in previous weeks, no European Commission Spokesperson made an official statement regarding the Water Framework Directive and Ireland in any regard.

 “Whoever has been briefing Irish media has therefore been acting in an unofficial capacity. This is clear indication of political interference from within the European Commission.

 “Both Marion Harkin MEP and I have received confirmation that; ‘As with all Member States, if Ireland invokes Article 9(4), we shall carefully consider whether the conditions for this flexibility provision are met’. There is a case to be argued.

 “The Taoiseach must now answer why he has accepted an unofficial and unauthorised Commission briefing as fact. He must also clarify whether or not he has the political will to fight water charges now that he cannot hide behind the excuse of the EU any longer, or will he admit that he is ideologically wedded to the charge on Irish households as a means to avoid investing in essential public services?

 “The Taoiseach has to decide which side he’s on; that of the Irish people or rogue elements within the Brussels bureaucracy.” 

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