LOCAL MEP RAISES WATER CHARGES PROTEST IN EU PARLIAMENT

16 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

THE ongoing opposition to the proposed water charges led this week to local Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy raising the issue during a session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. ed water cha

The MEPO told the chamber that Irish people had suffered enough hardship as a result of stealth charges and taxes.

He also predicted that the water charges in Ireland would be defeated.

Mr. Carthy said: “In order to force the Irish people to pay 43 per cent of the cost of the European banking crisis, Dublin governments have introduced several new stealth taxes and charges that have caused devastation and hardship to many families.

“These taxes have not led to improved services; they have each been unfair and have targeted those on lower incomes disproportionately.

“Well, now the Irish people have had enough. In their tens and hundreds of thousands, Irish communities have joined together and marched against the latest tax on their families.

“The Irish government calls it a water charge – the Irish people see it for what it is – another tax that, if introduced, will put many people over the edge and will further hamper our domestic economies.

“That, under pressure, the government has now introduced temporary caps prove that this charge has nothing to do with water conservation but is just another attack on Irish families’ incomes.

“I want to take this opportunity to declare in the European Parliament, as it has been declared on streets of every Irish town – the water tax will be defeated and a new economic policy based on fairness and prosperity and against the austerity agenda will follow.”

Speaking after the plenary speeches, Mr. Carthy said that he believed the proposed water charges scheme …

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