Monday 21 August 2017

Kenny 'utterly delusional' on water, says TD

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy Photo: Collins Courts
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy Photo: Collins Courts Newsdesk Newsdesk

Anti-water charges TD Paul Murphy has said the Taoiseach is "utterly delusional" if he thinks people will pay water bills in the future.

The Dublin South-West deputy was responding to remarks in the Irish Independent by Mr Kenny, warning homeowners: "You are going to have to pay."

It came after the European Commission indicated that water charges can't be abolished once they are in place. AAA-PBP TD Mr Murphy last night said: "I think he's utterly delusional if he thinks that people are going to pay for water charges."

He also poured scorn on Mr Kenny's suggestion of reducing the point at which unpaid charges can be deducted from wages - currently set at €500.

"You can't change the legislation without a Dáil majority," Mr Murphy said - adding that Fianna Fáil will be under pressure not to support any such change.

Mr Murphy said the European Commission would have to go to the European Court of Justice to fine Ireland for not complying with EU laws on water charges - and that the Government should "put up a serious fight".

The future of water charges is set to be reviewed by an expert commission.

Irish Independent

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