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Comment #357520 by Rita Cahill

Rita Cahill Apr 18th 2012, 2:25 PM #

How dare Enda kenny, threatening people that if they don’t pay their water charge that they will be cut off from their free supply of water, you are a coward, you and phil hogan you are both criminals in the enterprise called Government ” signed up to the Universal Declaration of human rights. You have just admitted to impose punishment of death to all of us who don’t comply with your rules to pay out the bankers will, what else is deprivation of water, I would rather die than give you or EU any cent, we would all rather die than give you a red cent,
Rita cahill

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Expect your first water bill in late 2014, says Phil Hogan

Expect your first water bill in late 2014, says Phil Hogan

Environment minister couldn’t say how much it will cost consumers, but said a standing charge would be involved.

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    Favourite Kevin O'Sullivan
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    Apr 18th 2012, 9:02 PM

    If you don’t pay for your basic bills your cut off. Your basic bills don’t give you free usage either for a period. Whats the point in water charges being introduced if people can just decided not to pay? If you manage your usage correctly, you may not have to pay and if you do your bill should be low.

    In relation to “we would all rather die than give you a red cent” – I wouldn’t. Nor would my friends or family that I spoke with. So not everyone. In saying that, its very dramatic to suggest you would prefer not to live than be taxed. This is only a second tax being introduced anyway, and is fairer than the first and gives you free water for a bit. You decide how much you use.

    But to suggest you and everyone else would prefer to die is a stupid comment. We have such a high suicide rate in this country and I think its inappropriate to talk about it so casually. By all means object to the tax, be furious, give out, protest etc. as you have every right – but lets not get to extreme.

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    Apr 18th 2012, 10:38 PM

    Kevin
    Difference is I can survive without electricity, gas, telephone or broadband, but not… at all… without water. The other services enhance my life, water gives life.
    Also what you say is false. Even if I’m not using any water for a property I’ll be charged the standing of €40 per year. By the way, it is also not comparable with the Group Water Scheme because they are run and owned by the community, with a once off installation charge (AFAIK) and an ample water usage allowance. Hogan & the government have told us they need to do this to raise money…. big difference!

    Make no mistake. This is wholly a revenue raising exercise.

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    Apr 19th 2012, 12:24 AM

    Most of us cant survive without electricity. If you cant afford it and its cut off – many people struggle big time. Electricity is everywhere in our house and is very much an essential. While its not as essential as water – your getting a free allocation, which you don’t get with electricity. One would imagine the rates after that wont be massive, you will be given period to pay and if your struggling I am sure they will have plans setup to accommodate just that (like the electricity providers have) and they wont cut you of so quickly and will work with you and not against you.

    People seem to have this fear that they will be using massive quantities of water and they cant reduce it. That if they cant afford it, their screwed and nobody will help them and will be instantly cut off. It may mean cutting back of luxuries for a bit and seeking help from Irish Water but lets not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

    Of course its a revenue raising exercise. How else are we to fill the gap and fix the problems with our water supply? Its a tax on water – not a pretend tax on water to go on other government services. Whatever is raised must be used on the water supply.

    If the water supply is still shit several years down the line and people complain – Irish Water are going to point out their not getting the money, the government will be under pressure to say why (never mind say why its not improving!) and if they turn around and admit it was just a tax for our debt their will be all out murder.

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    Apr 19th 2012, 11:31 AM

    struggle is not the same as survive.
    When I lived in a town, my hob, oven and kettle all made me highly dependant on electricity, but I could survive, with great discomfort, were it to be switched off. Without water, I cannot. survive.

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