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Scandal of school water charges

Charging primary schools for water is the latest manifestation of bureaucratic lunacy.

Primary schools are being classed as "businesses" so they can be charged water rates!

Schools neither manufacture nor sell goods or services for profit, nor register for VAT.

Incredibly, schools are the latest soft targets for stealth taxes despite having to continuously fundraise to make up for systematic Government under-funding of day-to-day running costs.

Considering that when a child attends primary school the principal and teachers are acting in loco parentis, why then is the glass of water that a child drinks at home free of charge, but comes at a cost while at school?

Will we soon see the day where children will carry bottles of water to school, just like their grandparents carried sods of turf for the fire?

SEAN COTTRELL,

DIRECTOR, IRISH PRIMARY PRINCIPALS' NETWORK