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FF water policy ignores those who can’t pay

Caitríona McClean’s outline of Fianna Fáil’s policy on water charges (Letters, March 14) fails to address the fact that the citizen already pays for water supply via VAT and road tax – introduced by none other than the party she supports.

Of equal concern is the clear intention that Fianna Fáil would introduce these additional water taxes without any “ability-to-pay” protection. As with Fine Gael and Labour, the current Fianna Fáil leadership has clearly no problem with upward distribution of resources – not to mention the creation of a situation that will see the vulnerable, most particularly children and pensioners- forced to ration water usage.

It is precisely this type of taxation policy that widens the socio-economic gap which is expanding at a dangerous rate.

Four years in the wilderness so far, and her party has nothing to show for it.

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond

Sligo

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