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Leaks indicate domestic water charges will remain – Ó Broin

28 November, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised the government for undermining their own process for deciding on the future of domestic water charges with continual leaks to the media. 

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

“The Government has been at pains to tell us that they want this process to be democratic. That was its justification for establishing a twenty member special Oireachtas committee. However, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil subsequently imposed a chair on the committee. This small fact was leaked to the media before being confirmed to Dáil members. 

“The Government has continued this trend today with media reports indicating that the so-called expert commission is set to propose a system of domestic charges. After kicking the can down the road on this issue, the Commission is, allegedly, regurgitating the same package of sweeteners and bribes in keeping with the approach of the last government. 

“People don’t want a minimal charge, or charges suspended, they marched to have domestic water charges abolished. That is the democratic mandate of the majority of TDs elected to the 32nd Dáil. The leaks today confirm what Joe O’Toole said at the start of this process. The purpose of this expert commission was to find a solution to the debacle with ‘enough sugar on it to make the medicine go down more easily’. 

“The whole process to date has been nothing more than a stitch up between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to return Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. The heat has not been taking out of the debate on the domestic water charges issue and as long as any sort of charge remains on the table, the saga is set to continue.”  

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