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Stanley slams proposal to take water charges from wages and social welfare

26 June, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has slammed a proposal to take unpaid water charges bills from wages and social welfare payments. He was referring to a section in the new Civil Debt (2015) Bill that would allow Irish Water to take court proceedings in order to make such attachments. It is no coincidence that they are doing both of these in the same week.

Deputy Stanley said: “This represents another desperate attempt by the Government to bully people into paying their water charges and to get Irish Water up and running. As with the railroading through of measures to penalise tenants and home owners, this Bill has only been published this afternoon even though it is to come before the Dáil next week.

“We do know that it will contain a proposal to dip into people’s wages and social welfare payments. That contrasts starkly with how this Government has dealt with elites who have taken advantage of tax avoidance schemes. It is a vicious attack on people with low incomes.

“As with the Government proposals to attach unpaid water charges to people’s homes, Sinn Féin will be strongly opposing this latest proposal next week in the Dáil. Along with their refusal to state how many people have actually paid their water charges, we are clearly dealing with a desperate attempt by the Government to frighten people prior to the Summer recess, and before the EU decides on status of Irish Water’s dubious finances.”

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