Politics

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Hogan lashes Sinn Fein over water charges 'hypocrisy'

John Downing

Published 07/05/2014|10:13

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Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan at the Fine Gael National Conference in the South Court hotel in Limerick, yesterday.
Photo: Tony Gavin 12/10/2013
Environment Minister Phil Hogan

ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan today accused Sinn Fein of 'hypocrisy' about water charges.

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Mr Hogan said few people accept Sinn Fein's objection to the principle of charging for the provision of water services.

 

"This is the usual Sinn Fein hypocrisy about the provision of local services for local people.  In Northern Ireland they ask people to pay one thousand euro per household through a local property tax for all the local services and they are going to bring in a water tax from 2016."

 

"So I don't think I'm going to be in a position to accept any hypocrisy from Sinn Fein on this issue," he said.

 

Mr Hogan said Irish Water would be able to borrow investment funds on the money markets to improve future services.

 

He said there was a lot of speculation about charges but the Government had published all the details they had and he urged people to look at how they could conserve water.

 

"I advise people to look at the website of Irish Water to see what tips they can get on conserving water," Mr Hogan said.

 

The Environment Minister also defended his embattled colleague, the Justice Minister Alan Shatter.  He said Mr Shatter had already apologised for revealing on television that independent TD Mick Wallace was spoken to by gardai for using a mobile phone while driving and the Justice Minister would now appeal a ruling by the Information Commissioner that he had actually broken the law.

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