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Gilmore defers water charges to avoid election meltdown – Stanley

8 April, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin party spokesperson on the environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, said today that the government is deferring the introduction of water charges to avoid election meltdown.
Stanley said: "Today's statement from An Taniste, Eamon Gilmore, that water charges will not be introduced next year has everything to do with avoiding meltdown rather than any lack of water meters.
“The introduction of water charges in advance of next year’s local elections would ensure melt down for the Labour Party.
"Fine Gael and Labour need to be honest about the real cost of water charges. Some €1.1 billion is spent annually on water services in the state, which is over €600 per household.
“Add to this the €500 million the government intend to give Irish Water from the National Pension Reserve Fund and the €300m Irish Water will be borrowing to fund the installation of water meters.
“If government tries to burden households with this enormous cost, it will be a disaster for family budgets.
“Water charges are wrong. Sinn Féin will continue to actively oppose water charges whether they are introduced next year or 2015."

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