Fianna Fáil Senator, Thomas Byrne will again, with his party colleagues, raise and oppose the Charge on Septic Tanks in Seanad Éireann this week (Wednesday, 16th November) when the Septic Tank Charges Bill (Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011) comes before the House.
‘Fianna Fáil strongly opposes this Bill as it is a regressive stealth tax on rural Ireland. Some of the aspects of the Bill that Fianna Fáil opposes are the imposition of a Registration Fee of €50, the fact that householders will have to re-register every 5 years and that if an appeal is made, a charge of €200 will be levied.’
‘What is most striking about this Bill is that if a household is forced to upgrade their Septic Tank, there will be no support from the State in terms of a grant. This is totally unfair and sets Rural Ireland against Urban Ireland’
‘There is strong and open hostility to this new regime among Meath people. We had a very successful and well attended public meeting in September in Kells with my Party’s Deputy Leader, Eamon Ó Cuív speaking forcefully against the Charges’ added Senator Byrne.
‘Families are already hard pressed enough and this charge will only add the worry and the anxiety many families are feeling over their finances. It is unnecessary and unwarranted,’ concluded Senator Byrne.