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No surprises in leaked Water Commission report - Ó Broin

19 November, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that there are “no surprises” in the leaked Water Commission report. The Dublin Mid-West TD said he was “disappointed but not surprised” that sections of the report were given to the media before TDs.


Deputy Ó Broin said:


“There are no surprises in the leaked sections of the Water Commission report leaked to the media today. The Commissions Terms of Reference and its membership were only ever going to recommend a water charge regime.


“I am disappointed but not surprised that sections of this report were leaked to the media before the final report was presented to the members of the soon to be established special committee on water charges. This shows the contempt that some in Government have for the Oireachtas.


“I have been saying for some time that I expected the Commission to recommend a water charge regime with a more ‘generous’ household allowance and waiver system. The real purpose of such a regime would be to try and get FineGael and Fianna Fail over the opposition of the majority of people who want this charge scrapped.


“If such a charging regime is introduced people should be in no doubt that over time the allowance will shrink and the waiver will be withdrawn. In the end households will end up paying at least €500 per year as originally proposed by Fianna Fáil back in 2010.


“Such a charging regime will also blow Irish Waters capital investment programme out of the water. It would significantly reduce Irish Water’s revenue stream and their ability to get off balance sheet. This will mean that their projected borrowings in the years ahead to invest in fixing our broken water system will not be achievable.


“The suspension of water charges and establishment of the Water Commission have been a waste of time and money. The €280,000 price tag on their Commission was about nothing more than enabling Fianna Fáil to facilitate Enda Kenny becoming Taoiseach.


“A majority of TDs elected to the 32nd Dáil stood on manifestos committing to abolishing water charges. It time to end the Fine Gael Fianna Fáil charade and allow the Oireachtas to finally decide on the future of this unwanted and unjust charge.”


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