Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael accused of doing backroom deal on water
Sinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin TD has today accused Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil of cooking up a “backroom deal” on water.
The accusation was made in response to a Sunday Business Post report which suggests that a deal has been concluded on the issue of charging for excess use.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Next week the Oireachtas Committee on Water will discuss the contentious issue of charging for so called excess use and the funding of domestic water services.
“While no substantive discussion has taken place on this to date it appears that a back room deal has been cooked up by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
“Today's report in the Sunday Business Post on the work of the committee suggests that an agreement has been reached on the excess charge.
“If this is the case it will represent yet another u-turn on water by Fianna Fáil. Having promised to scrap water charges they look set to allow the charge to remain.
“While they will claim that most people won't have to pay, an excess charge will be the thin edge of the wedge for the return of charges for all in the future.
“Sinn Féin is opposed to the introduction of any water charge. There are better ways to conserve water and fairer ways to fund water services.
“A charge for so called excess water use will cost the taxpayer more than it would raise and will lead to across the board charges in the future.”