Answering questions from Fianna Fáil this week, Minister Hogan repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility of extra annual charges for thousands of households in Cork city and households in towns and villages across the county that are attached to public sewerage schemes. It means that as well as paying water charges, these households may soon have to pay additional charges for the dirty water leaving their homes.
Cork North Central Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher has said he is “shocked and appalled” at these latest revelations.
“As if household charges, water meter charges, charges for water use and property taxes were not enough, Minister Hogan has now slipped in the prospect of forcing an entirely new charge on Cork households attached to public sewerage schemes,” said Deputy Kelleher.
“This stealth tax agenda is getting out of control. Right now, there are thousands of families across Cork who are already struggling to make ends meet and are seriously worried about how they will pay the extra household bills coming down the line. While Minister Hogan announces charge after charge, he refuses to answer any questions about how much these charges will amount to, leaving households completely in the dark and unable to plan their financial future.
“Phil Hogan can no longer get away with dodging questions and creating confusion to distract from his failure to deliver. He must start addressing the real concerns of every single household across Cork and provide them with some level of certainty. After his series of gaffes to date, I expected him to clarify these latest revelations immediately.”