Wednesday 29 March 2017

Paul Melia: The property tax is far more unfair than water charges

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Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Two months of squabbling over water and what are we left with?

A temporary suspension of charges, which is likely to remain a permanent state of affairs; the introduction of an external advisory board to oversee accountability in Irish Water and a commitment to establish an independent commission to review the best way to fund the necessary upgrades, which may or may not be accepted by the Oireachtas.

The dogs on the street have known for weeks there was no way that Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael would go back to the country on the water issue. So instead, they have agreed the classic fudge - suspend the charges, and tell the 900,000-plus homeowners who have already paid that they were mugs, and establish another review to kick the issue down the road.

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