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Stanley launches Sinn Féin Bill to abolish water charges

8 April, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Bill to repeal the legislation establishing Irish Water and imposing water charges, Environment Spokesperson Deputy Brian Stanley said:

“As people begin to receive their water charges Bills, and as Irish water stumbles from one crisis to another, it is clear that the only way to bring an end to the farce is to scrap the whole project and begin again.”

“Instead of wasting further millions on water meters and the running of Irish water, we should be investing in repairing the leaks which are responsible for almost half of the supply being wasted. As it stands the amount projected to be taken in water charges would not even go close to covering the costs involved.”

“Sinn Féin will ensure that the water services are retained in public ownership, and are funded from progressive general taxation. That would not only remove the burden of water charges from struggling households, but would also ensure that the water services are run in an efficient cost effective way, in contrast to the current expensive mess that we are witnessing.”

”Today, there are 750 staff answering calls regarding bills. That will add further to the growing costs of running Irish Water on top over €100 million in consultancy and legal costs which have to be paid by the taxpayer. That is additional to the massive costs of installing the meters.” 

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