Government finally comes clean on the introduction of flat rate water charges – Ó Domhnaill

The Government has finally admitted that it plans to introduce a flat rate water charge next year, according Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill. The Taoiseach admitted to the Dáil today that the Government’s planned utility charge for 2012 is in effect a flat rate water charge – something that the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan TD has denied until now.

Ó Domhnaill said: “Finally we have a straight answer from the Taoiseach on the issue of a utility charge. In response to a question in the Dáil regarding the introduction of a flat rate utility charge next year, Enda Kenny said a flat rate water charge will be introduced next year.

“This is in direct contradiction to comments from his Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, who last week dismissed Fianna Fail’s calls for further clarity on the utility charge. When asked last week in the Dáil by the Fianna Fail Spokesperson for the Environment Niall Collins TD, Minister Hogan dismissed the matter and claimed no decision had been made on the issue of water charges and simply said an interim household utility charge would be introduced in 2012 as part of the IMF deal.”

“Minister Hogan has tried to pretend that this utility charge would not amount to a flat rate water charge for households and businesses around the country. The reality has now been confirmed by the Taoiseach, who has today that admitted that these two charges are in effect two sides of the same coin. “

“The Minister must immediately stop his pretence that they are two different matters. He is trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes by distancing one charge from the other. The reality is that we appear to be getting flat rate water charges next year despite continuous commitments from the Government that this would not happen.” ;Concluded Ó Domhnaill

Posted: May 25, 2011     |     Categories: Uncategorized