18/09/2014

Fianna Fáil Accused Of Hypocrisy Over Water Charges

Fianna Fáil has been accused of hypocrisy over water charges, by Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment, Brian Stanley.

Deputy Stanley made the accusation is response to a proposal that households whose water supply is contaminated should be exempt from water charges, saying: "While I support the common sense behind the proposal, I would also remind people that despite their rhetoric and public posturing that it was the last Fianna Fáil government that agreed, as part of the disastrous bank bailout, to introduce these charges in the first place, and to put a separate standalone utility company in place to remove water services from local authorities."

He continued: "That is there in black and white in the Memorandum of Understanding that the Fianna Fáil/Green coalition signed in December 2010. On page 26, it is clearly set out that the Irish Government would both transfer responsibility for water services to a new public utility and introduce domestic water charges. So it is highly disingenuous for Fianna Fáil to be now posing as in some way as being in opposition to domestic water charges.

"Sinn Féin has opposed the charges from the outset, and will continue to do so."

(MH/CD)

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