20 August 2015
By Bryan Smyth
Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Mick Barry this morning said that reports of two planned new changes to Government water charges policy are yet another sign that the Government are “all over the place” on the issue and that a determined boycott can beat them.
The Irish Times reports this morning that Environment Minister Alan Kelly is planning to make proposals after the Government’s summer break to keep the water charge price cap for 10 years and make payment of the 100 euro conservation grant payable only to those who pay water charges. It is understood that the second proposal will not apply this year.
The proposals are described by the IRISH TIMES as an attempt to settle the coalition’s water charges policy in advance of the General Election.
With the second tranche of Irish Water bills due to start arriving in Cork city in the next 10 days Cllr Barry said this morning: “This report is yet another indication that the Government are all over the place on their water charges policy. One day they are giving 100 euro to everybody, the next day they’re not. One day the bills are set to be capped for five years, the next day it’s ten. But the change in policy that the majority of people want to hear is that the water charges project is simply dropped. If the Government are not prepared to make that change they will pay a heavy price indeed at the General Election.”