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Legal advice confirms water charges can be scrapped - Boylan

12 September, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has this afternoon published a summary of legal advice she has received which contradicts the latest view of the European Commission which states that water charges cannot be scrapped.

Speaking from Leinster House today Boylan said her legal advice clearly shows that charges can be scrapped.

She said;

“The legal opinion that I have received has confirmed what we have been saying all along, that the abolition of water charges would not contravene the water framework directive providing that Ireland can meet the objectives of the directive which is about the conservation and protection water.

“I welcome Fianna Fáil’s new found commitment to scrap water charges.  Coming from the architects of water charges this is a major and welcome departure from Fianna Fáil.

“The majority of TDs elected to the Dáil in February were elected on anti-water charges mandates.  Now that Fianna Fáil have accepted this there is a clear majority in favour of scrapping water charges.

“The expert commission is now redundant.  It should be scrapped and the issue should be dealt with by the Dáil.”

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