ENTERPRISE Minister Richard Bruton has described the introduction of water charges as “the right choice” and warned that the water system in Dublin is on a “knife edge”.
Mr Bruton was challenged in the Dail today by Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald who said that the water supply in parts of the country is unsafe.
Ms McDonald said that the government’s claim that it is introducing a “neutral budget” are disingenuous because of the roll out of water charges
“is it neutral to land an additional bill on the doormat. How is it neutral to ask families who are just keeping their head above neutral to pay just another bill,” she said.
Mr Bruton said that while he accepts the public’s anger in relation to being saddled with another bill, water charges must be introduced.
“Of course we recognise, we recognise that people don’t like paying for a charge that they didn’t have to pay for before. This is the correct way to manage a very expensive resource,” he replied.
Former Labour TD Tommy Broughan called on the government to suspend the water charges until after the general election.
The Dublin TD said the election should be used as a “referendum” on whether the public supports the imposition of the charges.
“It’s the straw that’s breaking the camel’s back,” he told the Dail.