Donegal man hits out at TDs for failing to protect a vital exemption for Ireland on water charges

A Donegel man has hit out at politicians involved in the campaign against water charges as failing the Irish people.

Activist Enda Craig has hit out at TDs including Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle for claiming victory on water charges too soon.

Deputy Pringle campaigned strongly against the charges and sat on the special Oireachtas Committee set up to consider the future of domestic water charges earlier this year.

Donegal community activist Enda Craig who also campaigned against those charges says he was appalled to see the Right-to-Water charge campaigners claiming victory on the plinth of Leinster House In April, before the final report had been properly considered and voted on.

Following legal advice on all sides the report had to be amended.

Mr. Craig says a vital 9.4 clause in the EU Water Framework Directive agreed years ago at a european level gives Ireland a unique exemption from charging domestic water charges based on our climate.

He told North West Today, that TDs like Deputy Pringle should have fought harder to protect this clause which he says is not even mentioned in the final report:

Also speaking on North West Today, Deputy Pringle has defended that move and says that people will have the opportunity to have their say on this exemption when the Water Framework Directive goes up for public consultation later this year: