Domestic water charges ‘water under bridge’

A decision on domestic water charges is “water under the bridge” and “the government have washed their hands of this,” according to South Tipp county councillors.

A decision on domestic water charges is “water under the bridge” and “the government have washed their hands of this,” according to South Tipp county councillors.

At last Monday’s meeting of the council Cllr Pat English proposed a motion that the county council “request the government to rescind their decision to impose domestic water charges by 2014.”

His WUAG party colleague, Cllr Billy Shoer, supported the motion but said “the government have washed their hands of this.”

Cllr Liam Ahern opposed the motion, saying it was now “water under the bridge.”

“You have to live in the real world, it’s coming we have no choice,” he said.

Cllr Joe Brennan said the charges would see a sharing of the load between commercial and domestic water customers, and seconded Cllr Ahern.

Cllr Darren Ryan said “none of us want to pay but we are one of the few countries that can turn on a tap and drink water for free.”

A vote was taken and Cllr English’s proposal was defeated with just he, Cllr Shoer and Cllr Denis Leahy voting in favour.