Water Charges Described As 'Politically Dead'

Water charges have been described as "politically dead and need to be given a burial in the Dáil", by Sinn Féin's David Cullinane.

Speaking in the Dáil Deputy Cullinane has criticised Fianna Fáil for failing to take the opportunity to implement its manifesto commitment to abolish Irish Water and end water charges.

"Sinn Féin has made it clear that we would not pursue those people who have not paid water charges," Deputy Cullinane said.

"We have said that we could not make a commitment to pay back those who have paid if and when water charges are abolished. This was because the money simply wasn't there to do that.

"However, given the government's announcement today of additional resources available in this year's budget we are willing to look at such a proposal, to see if it is viable to refund those who have paid their water charges to date."


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