Sinn Féin Cllr Imelda Munster has publicly called on local Labour and Fine Gael Councillors to come clean on the cost of water charges with the public and not to be withholding this information until after the local elections in May.
Commenting Cllr Munster said “the Government parties’ representatives need to be upfront with people about how much they will be forced to pay for their water as people will be charged from October of this year.”
Cllr Munster continued “at a time when families are pinned to their collar financially paying for the mistakes of others, people are genuinely worried sick about how much this unfair tax will cost them on top of all the other unjust taxes. FG/LAB representatives need to be upfront with people when they are out knocking doors, about how much we will have to pay in standing charges, usage charges and whether or not we will also be charged for repairs of leaks and burst pipes. After all, they are the parties responsible for bringing in and imposing this water tax on homes and families.”
Councillor Imelda Munster, who is seeking re-election to Louth County Council in May, has called the setting up of Irish Water and the introduction of water tax as one of the “biggest scams we have ever seen. The infrastructure owned by our local councils which taxpayers paid for over the years, has now been transferred to this new quango called ‘Irish Water’. I have 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.”
Cllr Munster was angry as she went on to say, “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 has now been used 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 charges. People can expect to be charged from October of this year and can expect to receive the first bill coming through their doors in January 2015.”
Cllr Munster stated that the biggest insult of all is that “from January 1st if you have a problem with your water, pipes, leaks or pressure you will now have to ring a ‘Call Centre in Cork’ to report any problems. The people of the County will have a chance to ask FG/LAB about all this when they come knocking their door.”