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Sinn Féin reiterates opposition to domestic water charges

2 April, 2014 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Brian Stanley TD has reiterated his party’s opposition to the introduction of water metering and domestic water charges. He was speaking following a meeting in Leinster House today between Sinn Féin TDs and Senators and representatives of Irish water.

Deputy Stanley said:

“The escalating costs of establishing Irish Water, including over €80 million todate on consultancy, reinforces my party’s opposition to removing control of the water system from the control of democratically elected local authorities. It also calls into question Minister Hogan’s claim that Irish Water would lead to savings of €2 billion for the taxpayer.

“Instead, we will have a situation where people will in effect be paying three times for their water. Not only will water charges be imposed, but the Local Property Tax is going to provide €486 million in subvention to Irish Water instead of supporting local services as it was claimed to be intended. On top of that a considerable amount of money has already been given to the new entity from the Central Exchequer.

“I have seen no evidence that the problems which do exist with the water supply, including wastage, could not have been better addressed by retaining responsibility for the service in the hands of democratically elected local authorities. I also do not believe that domestic users should be charged for water.”

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