first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has slammed a proposal to take unpaid water charges bills from wages and social welfare payments.He was referring to a section in the new Civil Debt (2015) Bill that would allow Irish Water to take court proceedings in order to make such attachments.He said it is no coincidence that they are doing both of these in the same week.Councillor Doherty said “This represents another desperate attempt by the Government to bully people into paying their water charges and to get Irish Water up and running. As with the railroading through of measures to penalise tenants and home owners, this Bill has only been published this afternoon even though it is to come before the Dáil next week.“We do know that it will contain a proposal to dip into people’s wages and social welfare payments. That contrasts starkly with how this Government has dealt with elites who have taken advantage of tax avoidance schemes. It is a vicious attack on people with low incomes.“As with the Government proposals to attach unpaid water charges to people’s homes, Sinn Féin will be strongly opposing this latest proposal next week in the Dáil.“Along with their refusal to state how many people have actually paid their water charges, we are clearly dealing with a desperate attempt by the Government to frighten people prior to the Summer recess, and before the EU decides on the status of Irish Water’s dubious finances.”DOHERTY SLAMS PROPOSAL TO TAKE WATER CHARGES FROM WAGES AND SOCIAL WELFARE was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYdonegalwater chargeslast_img

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