Micheál Martin urges public to pay water charges

Micheál Martin urges public to pay water charges
Micheal Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has called on those who receive water charges to pay their bills, even if levies are to be suspended.

He said it was still illegal not to pay and that it was a reasonable request to ask people to respect this.

Affirming that his stance was also the official stance of his party, Mr Martin urged the people of Ireland to “uphold the law”.

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson for the environment, Barry Cowen, reinforced this view when he spoke on Newstalk Lunchtime on May 4.

He explained: “As the law stands, people have to pay their bills. I do have a bill and I’ll continue to pay the bill until they’re suspended.

“I’ll either be reimbursed, or those that haven’t paid will be pursued to pay.”

Speaking about the situation itself, he said the introduction of water charges was “rushed, ill-conceived, ill-thought out and led to the mess that we have.”

Martin read the Fianna Fáil statement on water charges in Dáil Éireann on April 27th.

A Dáil vote for Taoiseach will take place at noon on May 6, where it is expected that Enda Kenny will retain his role after agreeing a deal with Fianna Fáil.

When questioned about the decision, Mr Martin said: “We are not happy with Enda Kenny or Fine Gael back in government.

“That said we have an obligation to the Irish people. It is our sense that they do not want an election right now.”

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