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Government's plan for water charges wrong - Ó Snodaigh

20 April, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking today Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social and Family Affairs
Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD responded critically to Minister Gormley’s announcement of the introduction of water charges to households in the future.

Ó Snodaigh stressed the urgent need for the government to abandon its plans to impose water charges on ordinary households and in particular their intention, unveiled by the Minister yesterday, to base the rates on the German model which charges its citizens more for water than any other country in the world.

Instead, he advocates substantial upgrading of the existing water distribution network from which up to 58 per cent of water supplies are currently wasted. He stressed that rather than imposing more costs on struggling taxpayers, there is a fairer and more cost effective approach to water conservation which would not add to the dire financial circumstances so many find themselves in today. ENDS

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