Speaking in the aftermath of a Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion against any proposal to introduce a flat rate household charge, Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said: “The Government continues to create confusion on their proposal to introduce a Stealth Utility Charge in January after Fine Gael/Labour Senators voted against a Fianna Fáil Motion calling on the Government to refrain from introducing any flat rate household Water Charge in January 2012.”
“Environment Minister Phil Hogan addressed the Seanad on this motion and his own contribution crated further confusion as he did not rule out the introduction of a utility charge on every home in the Country from January 2012,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.
“The Minister and his Government are being disingenuous on this issue and are failing to be clear and transparent on an issue which is causing considerable unease amongst the public.”
“I am again calling on Minister Hogan to come clean on this issue once and for all and set out exactly what charges households will be hit with under the Fine Gael/Labour Government. The New Government, after less than three months in office, is coming up with a new charge, the utility charge, to be levied on people because they have a home.”
“It’s time the new Government moved out from behind the spin on this issue and told the people the truth.”