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Political parties don’t understand public anger over water charges

It would seem that Michéal Martin and Fianna Fáil have misunderstood or are completely misrepresenting the anger of the Irish people in relation to Irish Water.

It is not merely the bonus culture that has brought hundreds of thousands of people out onto the streets. It is the concept of paying twice over for water that has the Irish people furious, it is the fact that Irish people are being expected to consider their finances before using something as fundamental as water that has driven people to the streets

Irish Water is a creation of Fine Gael and Labour. The line that there has been “communication issues” or “teething problems” in setting up a new utility – though they might sound good when bandied about the Cabinet table – bear no relation to what is happening in the country.

However, both Fine Gael and Labour have their eyes on the next election and are desperately trying spin their way out of this.

Fianna Fáil, however, seem to think that if there was no bonuses washing around Irish Water, that the Irish people would accept being charged. It would seem that they are so out of touch that they cannot understand what the people are saying when they march in their thousands.

Anyone with ‘any sort of brain’ knows full well that if Irish Water is allowed to implement it’s metering programme in the not too distant future Ireland will see the privatisation of water provision. When that happens, we will be into the realm of water poverty.

Simon O’Connor

138 Lismore road

Crumlin

Dublin 12

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