Sinn Fein councillor, Sean McSharry has criticised the government for squeezing families dry with the proposed introduction of domestic water meters.
“Just like the household charge this is just another Austerity measure aimed at struggling citizens, while ignoring the fact that it is the water leaking from the Victorian style water system that needs replacing,” he told the Leitrim Observer.
Cllr McSharry pointed to the fact that sustainable jobs could be created by replacing decaying water pipes this in turn would generate activity in the local economy rather than handing over our essential services to a profit driven company.
He also commented that the Labour party opposed water charges at there 2010 AGM but are now doing a complete u-turn to pile more pressure on families struggling with daily living costs.
To add insult to injury several government ministers have agreed with the stance that people who refuse to comply with this EU/IMF dictate will have there supply cut off.
“Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental basic human right and should not be influenced by any budgetary or external pressure from the EU/IMF,” he said.
Cllr McSharry said all water services should remain in public ownership and maintained and serviced by a system of progressive taxation not a flat levy across the general population.