State and Irish Water Fraudulently Intimidating Tenants

State and Irish Water Fraudulently Intimidating Tenants

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We heard Irish Water yesterday announcing that if a tenant in rented accommodation fails to pay the new water charges (taxes), or fails to register with Irish Water, then the landlord would be liable for the bill. We even heard Michael Noonon musing on radio over the issue that if tenants didn’t pay it then the landlord could raise the rent to cover it.

Now we read today (according to RTE News) that Meath County Council has written to all Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) tenants advising them that they could face eviction if they do not pay their water charges. This is clear State intimidation and has gone beyond the bounds of decency.

What we are witnessing here is the usual government divide and conquer campaign they always use to force through every punitive tax they dream up for the bankers’ benefit. They tried before to set different sections of the community against each other, the haves and have nots, and now they are trying to drive a wedge of fear and resentment between landlords and tenants, To panic landlords and scare tenants.; and yet it is all untrue… all of it

Already Irish Water have climbed down off their horse and appologised for their deliberate misinformation, and do not believe for a minute it was a “mistake”, it was very considered. These people know well that most people will not hear the follow up retraction and so a large number of landlords and tenants will still be acting under false information. They do this to chip away at the mass non compliance movement.

So to back up Irish Water we have Meath Council, dominated by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael (23 to 17), sending out letters to ramp up the fear based on the same lies. If they try and tell you it was a reaction to Irish Water’s statement that is a lie too, it takes more than 24 hours to process a letter for all the tenants and get it delivered. This has the smell of prior orchestration at party level despite the denials of the DoE

Let’s get this straight. The government claim this isn’t a tax but a utility, yet here they are trying to have it both ways. If a “customer” of a utility company doesn’t pay a bill it is impossible for the company to attach that unpaid bill to anyone else; there is NO BASIS IN LAW to do that. It is IMPOSSIBLE. Yet we have Michael Noonan pretending it might be true and these thugs and extortionists in the council and Irish Water trying to scare people into consenting to become customers. Do not give in to this bullying by the State and its minions. Do not let them divide the people as they always do. Your real enemy is not your neighbour; it is those extorting money from all of you for their elite masters in the international banking sector

We would remind the Government, Councils and Irish Water that this kind of activity is an offence under the  Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997Sections 9 and 10, and we encourage those who have been affected to seek redress under this Act, and possibly even the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001.

It is DDI’s policy to end water taxation and disband Irish Water as a company limited by shares to prevent the government selling it off in a full privatisation. We will put our water and waste services back into municipal control. DDI plan to create  publicly owned  Irish Water Board to oversee and improve on a national level the current overly fragmented system run by the councils. This way we hope to improve services with a national strategy to deliver clean unfluoridated water to the entire country and better coordinate and guarantee supplies, as well as rationalising resources, costs and overheads. The benefits will cede to the people rather than private shareholders.

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4 Comments

  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Ray O’Connor

    In the public consultation process regarding the customer hand book, I made this point to the CER, the regulator of Irish Water, they chose not to publish my submission, which is not the first time.

    The CER is legally obliged to address submissions made with regard to alterations to the licences of energy companies, when the ESB licence came up for alteration I objected to them receiving a licence at all, on the basis that they deliberately charged for services they didn’t supply, as is evident in the customer care report 2008 available on the CER web site. They charge a standing charge to cover the cost of meter reading and yet do not employ meter readers.

    The CER said they did not receive my submission, yet the e-mail was received and acknowledged by the then Minister, Pat Rabbitte. How can the same e-mail be received by one and not another without a failure notice?

    The Labour party is deliberately suppressing the democratic and legal rights of our citizens, by appointing their corrupt cronies to positions in the regulators office without public competition.

    Why is Chairperson Blaney of the CER, the man who did not know if vat was applicable to water, silent on this issue and others?

  • Posted October 17, 2014

    AndyG

    This is definitely a position where I disagree with DDI to a large extent.
    As a rural dweller with a well and pump that cost money to drill and purchase,. and who has to pay for the electricity to run said pump, I don’t see why I should then subsdise people on the mains via taxation.
    Introduction of water charges along with simultaneous general cut in taxes would rightfully ensure that the very people using the mains are the one who pay for its upkeep while at the same time ensuring it’s not turned into a scheme for corporate profiteering.
    “Oh but the poor mains users” argument doesn’t really hold water either, excuse the pun, since they are covered by welfare payments to a large extent(which are meant to be used for living expenses,. and not fags, booze and gambling) as well as having a free water allowance of 30000L per year, which is more than enough with a modicum of conservation effort. Many liveaboarders do perfectly well on 5000 – 6000L a year of water.

    • Posted October 17, 2014

      Admin D

      Point accepted totally that has always been an issue especially in rural areas. The danger of losing ownership of water to private ownership is paramount though and as has happened in the US this would eventually affect to well owners where the private interest has claimed rights over ALL water, including rainfall . There may be other options for people off mains or using wells like tax deductables or in cases where this is not possible other grants.

    • Posted October 17, 2014

      Ray O’Connor

      Have to agree with you on the funding issue, however DDI is correct in relation to the bully boy antics of this Government, and to me the action of permanent government like the CER, who are there to protect the Irish consumer, not their political patrons.

      Water is now a good not a public service, subject to the supply of goods and services acts and EU directives, and from the point of view of a landlord, water is just like a telephone bill, it’s up to the tenant to decide if they want the service or not, and it is up to the supplying company to ensure that they keep accurate records as to who is using the goods they supply, it is not the job of a landlord to supply this service unpaid to Irish Water, further more any landlord that discusses arrangements of tenants could be in violation of the Data Protection Acts.

      The bottom line is that Labour being animal farm socialists believe there is one law for the sheeple and another for those in the inner circle who have legitimate expectations that they should be above the law.

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