Minister Joe McHugh says the 18-month time frame for introducing water charges was too ambitious.
McHugh, Fine Gael TD for Donegal North East and minister of state for the Gaeltacht, said the government must take stock of the weekend demonstrations as they decide how to proceed with water charges.
“We need to take stock of what happened at the weekend,” the minister of state said, adding that the government should take its time on the matter, rather than coming up with “a quick fix or a reactionary response”.
Thousands of people took part in protests against water charges held last Saturday in Letterkenny, Ballyshannon and Lifford. The Donegal protests were among dozens of similar protests and marches held in cities, towns and villages around the country. Crowds estimated between 7,000 and 10,000 people protested in Letterkenny, the Ballyshannon demonstration drew up to 4,000 people and an estimated crowd of 1,000 took part in the Lifford march.
For more on this story see today (Thursday’s) Donegal Democrat, page 4.