The Environment Minister Phil Hogan is now considering slapping an entirely new charge on Dublin households for their waste water services, it has emerged.
Answering questions from Fianna Fáil in the Dáil this week (Thursday, 03 May), Minister Hogan repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility of extra annual charges for hundreds of thousands of households in Dublin attached to public sewerage schemes. It means that as well as paying water charges, households across the capital may soon have to pay additional charges for the dirty water leaving their homes.
North Dublin Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien has said he is “shocked and appalled” at these latest revelations.
“As if household charges, water meter charges, charges for water use and property taxes were not enough, Minister Hogan has now slipped in the prospect of forcing an entirely new charge on Dublin households attached to public sewerage schemes,” said Senator O’Brien.
“This stealth tax agenda is getting out of control. Right now, there are thousands of families across Dublin who are already struggling to make ends meet and are seriously worried about how they will pay the extra household bills coming down the line.  While Minister Hogan announces charge after charge he refuses to answer any questions about how much these charges will amount to, so households are left completely in the dark and unable to plan their financial future.
“Phil Hogan will no longer get away with dodging questions and creating confusion to distract from his failure to deliver. He must start addressing the real concerns of every single household across Dublin and provide them with some level of certainty. After his series of gaffes to date, I expected him to clarify these latest revelations immediately,” said Senator O’Brien.