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Water Committee deadline extension ‘disappointing and unnecessary’ – Ó Broin

7 March, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Water Eoin Ó Broin TD has expressed his disappointment at the decision to extend the water committee deadline to the 14th of April.  The committee voted fifteen for and five against to extend the committee deadline in order to commission more legal advice.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The extension of the water committee deadline by a month is unnecessary.  We have already spent nine weeks debating the Expert Commission’s report.  We have had legal advice from five separate sources presented to the committee already.

“Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil voting together today is a clear attempt to buy more time to reach a backroom deal on the issue.  Yet again, they are unable to make a decision and are seeking to kick the can down the road.

“Sinn Féin has no objection to legal advice. However, all the different legal opinions we have heard to date have been different.  This Committee could have and should have met its original deadline. We will now not have final report until April, with the Oireachtas due to vote on the issue in May.

“One year after the formation of Government and nearly fifteen months after the 32nd Dáil was elected, we will still be debating the issue of domestic water charges in the Dáil chamber. This issue should have been put to bed at the start of this Dáil term.

“The Committee doesn’t need another month. We need to make a decision, put the matter to a Dáil vote and move on. This delay is just an attempt by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to reach a deal that’s electorally advantageous to them both.” 

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