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Sinn Féin Cllr Imelda Munster has called the setting up of Irish Water and the introduction of water tax as one of the biggest rip-offs we have ever seen. All of the infrastructure owned by our local councils, a priceless asset which belongs to the people of this county which taxpayers paid for over the years will now be transferred over to this new quango called Irish Water who will then put meters outside people’s homes and charge them for the privilege of using this infrastructure.
Commenting Cllr Munster said “There is no doubt that it will then be privatised down the line and people will face increased bills for water year on year, while this new private company makes millions in profit. To add insult to injury the money taxpayers paid for the Local Property Tax which we were told was to provide local services like street lighting, libraries, parks and playgrounds etc. is now being used by Junior Minister Fergus O Dowd to set up Irish Water. This will mean people will pay three times for their water. Firstly in general taxation, then through the public funds being invested in Irish Water and thirdly through water meter charges. From October this year people will be billed for their water receiving their first water bills in January in a deliberate attempt by the government to postpone posting the bills through already hard pressed taxpayers doors until after the local elections to try and save the skins of local FG / Labour government councillors”.
Cllr Munster concluded that the biggest insult of all is that from January 1st if we have a problem with our water, pipes, leaks or pressure we will now have to ring a “Call Centre in Cork” to report any problems.
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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on the two governments and all of the parties to the Haass talks “to grasp the opportunity that now exists to resolve outstanding issues.” Gerry Adams said: “Sinn Féin has stretched ourselves in these negotiations and we are up for this challenge. The other parties should not fudge their response. They should be clear.” The Sinn Féin leader said that the Ard Chomhairle of the Party will meet on January 11th to discuss the Haass proposals and review the outcome of the talks process. Continue reading
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