Donegal TD welcomes water report but expert warns fines ‘inevitable’

A Donegal Independent TD is insisting we’re seeing the end of water charges and that the deferral of a vote yesterday by the Oireachtas Committee dealing with the issue until Tuesday will not change that.

The deferral is to allow Fine Gael get its own legal advice on the report of the committee.

But committee member Thomas Pringle says water charges are gone, there will be no charge for so-called excessive usage, there’ll be no water meters installed on new homes and a referendum will be held on keeping water in public ownership.

However, he is warning the campaign is not over just yet and is calling for a large turnout for Saturday’s Right2Water demosntration in Dublin, starting from Heuston and Connolly railway stations at 2pm.

He told Ocean FM News how the Oireachtas committee arrived at the present situation:

We’re being warned Ireland will face European fines if we take the advice of the Oireachtas water funding committee.

The committee has recommended that we scrap charges, refund bills and stop installing meters.

But UCD legal expert Gavin Barrett says we shouldn’t follow their guidance: