Eoin Ó Broin TD welcomes Water Charge Refunds
Sinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin TD has welcomed the Taoiseach’s announcement that water charges will be refunded by the end of the year.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Sinn Féin welcomes the announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that people who paid water charges will be refunded this year.
“We argued for this at the Special Oireachtas Committee on the future funding of water services.
“This announcement once again demonstrates the abject failure of Government policy on water and confirms what many of us have been arguing all along, namely that the best way to pay for water services in through general taxation.
“The Taoiseach has indicated that the refunds will come from. 2017 expenditure and not impact on budget 2018. It is important that he spells out clearly where this money is coming from. It is important that the payment of the refunds does not in any way affect key priority areas such as health and housing."