€129m water charge hole in government budget figures
Sinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin TD has said the failure to include any provision in the budget for the scrapping of water charges “means that there is a €129m hole in their budget figures”.
Deputy Ó Broin said that this gap “shows that neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fáil have any commitment to scrap this regressive tax”.
Deputy Ó Broin said;
“The net cost of scrapping water charges is €129 million. If water charges are scrapped next March where will the government get this money from? What services will they cut?
“Their failure to make provision for this begs the question whether Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are working on a dodgy deal to keep this unjust charge in place.
“Despite all their bluster once again it appears that Fianna Fáil have no commitment to scrap this regressive tax.
“The people have spoken. There is no democratic mandate for water charges. They are only being kept alive by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
“Sinn Féin has shown in our alternative budget how water charges can be scrapped while at the same time significantly increasing investment in upgrading our water services. Its time for the government act and bring this sorry saga to an end.”