Water Charges Can Now Be Phased back in to Operation over Time, Probably After the Next General Election! – Seamus Healy TD

Fianna Fáil have voted against several amendments to the recommendations on water charges which Fianna Fáil, itself, proposed last week. On all key row-back amendments, the Labour Party, the Greens and Noel Grealish (IND) voted with FF and Fine Gael at the Committee Then the Labour Party and the Greens, hard-line supporters of charging for water […]

Harkin MEP Denounces Irish Politicians on Water Charges

Irish politicians who were trying to blame Brussels on the water charges issue in pursuit of their own agendas had no legal basis for their arguments. This charge was levelled in the European Parliament in Strasbourg by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she denounced political attempts to blame Brussels in the current controversy. Marian Harkin […]

‘To pay or not to pay water charges, there is no Question’- Harkin MEP

“There is no question as to whether Ireland will not be in breach of EU regulations if we decide not to apply water charges.” This was stated by Marian Harkin MEP, having analysed EU Commission responses and a recent judgment from the European Court of Justice. The first and most obvious reason is that Water […]

Irish Water Fiasco

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to resign following confirmation of an embarrassingly low rate of payment of bills from Irish Water. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the controversial quango released figures indicating that just 43% of the company’s 1.5 million customers have paid their bills; leaving […]

Government Must Withdraw Water Charges

Seamus Healy TD said that well over half of those billed have not paid the water charge.  This shows that the majority of the Irish people are opposed to these charges and the Government and Minister Kelly should  now withdraw the charges. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the biggest civil society organisation in Ireland, […]

Seamus Healy TD Slates Minister Alan Kelly for Hypocrisy and Broken Promises on Water Charges in Dáil

“This is the same Deputy Alan Kelly who stood in the general election in 2011 in Tipperary North. He knocked on every door in that constituency and asked every voter to give him their number one vote so that he could make sure that Fine Gael would not impose water charges on this country and […]

TEEU calls for abolition of Water Charges

Technical Engineering and Electrical Union representing 40,000 Irish craft workers have called for the abolition of Water Charges at their national Conference    TradeUnion Update on Water Charges TEEU now joins MANDATE, UNITE, CWU, CPSU, OPATSI in campaigning for abolition. But SIPTU still supports the principal of charging households for water. This makes water a tradeable commodity […]

Seamus Healy TD Replies to Minister Alan Kelly in Dáil on Water Charges

The irony and hypocrisy of today’s announcement introducing water charges by Labour Party Minister Alan Kelly T.D. will not be lost on the general public.   During the last General Election Minister Kelly and the Labour Party asked the people of North Tipperary to vote for him to prevent Fine Gael imposing Water Charges. He […]

Seamus Healy TD replies to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Water charges

Statement From Seamus Healy TD Seamus Healy Replies to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Water Charges Over 5000 marched against Water Taxes in Co Tipperary last Saturday Taoiseach ENDA KENNY has threatened people with higher taxes if they won’t pay water charges. He should listen to the risen people and abolish the charges. Last Saturdays protests […]

Rainwater Harvesting: Is it Worth it? Cloughjordan Ecovillage host EcoLearn day

Rainwater Harvesting: Is it Worth it? Sharing Our Experiences of Rainwater Harvesting in Cloughjordan Ecovillage   Water is a hot topic in Ireland in 2014 and one that we are going to hear more about in the future. With water metering on the way, many Irish householders are looking for more information about how to […]

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