Minister Alan Kelly is about to give away the exemption Ireland holds from directly charging for domestic water under EU Law, says Independent Left TD Seamus Healy.
“Unless he desists and renews Ireland’s exemption by Jan. 1st 2015, it will lapse. This will make it more difficult for future governments to abolish direct charges for domestic water. I call on Minister Kelly to immediately renew the exemption so that the power to charge or not to charge for domestic water will remain with the Irish people and the Dáil into the future. I have asked him to do so in a Parliamentary Question which I have tabled. Will he ensure on behalf of the Irish Government that this exemption is renewed before January 1,2015 so that Irish governments will retain the power to charge or not to charge for the use of water for domestic purposes into the future and if he will make a statement on the matter?”