45% drop in payment rates shows domestic water charges not viable -Ó Broin
Responding to payment rate figures released today by Irish Water, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Water Eoin Ó Broin TD said that the 45% drop in water charge payment rates on last billing quarter shows that domestic charges are no longer viable. In the latest billing cycle, Irish Water has only managed to collect 27% of charges due.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Irish Water figures today revealed another dramatic drop in the number of people paying water charges in the fifth billing quarter. The company only collected €18.3m in revenue for water services used in the months January to March 2016. This is a 45% drop on the previous billing quarter.
'Irish Water has only managed to collect 27% of the charge due this quarter compared to 49% in the last quarter, 62% in the third quarter, 56% in the second quarter and 45% in the first quarter.
'These massive slumps in payment rates show clearly that water charges have no future.
“With the government and Fianna Fáil still only advocating for a temporary suspension of the charges, it appears they are not listening to the people.
“With the focus soon to turn to the work of the so called expert Commission on Water, the government must abandon the delay tactics they cooked up with Fianna Fáil, and legislate directly for the abolition of domestic water charges.
“Everything else is only kicking the can down the road. Water charges will remain the most contentious of political issues until this government and Fianna Fáil accept that last February the majority of people votes to scrap water charges and abolish Irish Water.”