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Water charges have nothing to do with water conservation – Stanley

25 April, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD has said the introduction of water charges has nothing to do with conserving water as claimed by the government.

Challenging An Tainaiste Eamon Gilmore in the Dáil this morning Stanley said;

“That the government, along with its predecessors in Fianna Fail, has agreed with the Troika to raise €500m per annum on water charges in 2015. With 1.3 million households being billed for water this will amount to €385 per year per household.

“As water meters will not be installed by 2015, based on the experience in England, the only option left for this government is to impose a flat charge for water. This is grossly unfair to low income families.

“This exposes the claims by this government that the introduction of water charges is all about conservation. It has nothing to do with conservation and everything to do with raising revenue to appease their masters in the Troika.”


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