Article courtesy of Alan Jacques | October 20, 2014 | Limerick Post | Shared as educational material
LIMERICK householders with contaminated water supplies caused by lead pipes may still have to pay the full water charge, it was revealed at a meeting between councillors and Irish Water this week.
The Government recently announced that households with undrinkable water will receive a reduction in the Water tax, but according to Sinn Féin councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh there is a lot more than meets the eye in this statement.
Following a meeting with Irish Water this week, he said it is now clear that we have to read the fine print when it comes to government announcements.
Meanwhile Sinn Féin’s party leader on the merged Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, described the retention of water charges in this week’s budget as a “missed opportunity”. Cllr Quinlivan insists that water charges need to be stopped and said the budget shows that the Government is “out of touch”.
A protest is being organised in Limerick for Saturday October 25 by the Anti Austerity Alliance’s ‘We Won’t Pay!’ campaign. AAA councillor Cian Prendiville said he expects a huge turnout for the march which starts from City Hall at 2pm.