The last ever meeting of Wexford Borough Council saw a tense standoff between reps after a motion was put forward calling for the government to introduce better payment options for the new water tax. Sinn Féin Councillor Anthony Kelly immediately refused to support the motion, tabled by Fianna Fail, claiming that his party opposed water charges full stop.
"I could never support any motion which would give creditability to the water tax," Cllr Kelly said, "Sinn Féin fundamentally opposes this tax. Our reps in the six counties managed to defeat water charges last year and we intend to continue to fight them down here."
"I understand that the Councillor who put the motion forward was not necessarily doing so in support of the tax but as a strong critic of unfair austerity taxes, I could never lend support to such a motion."
Cllr Kelly and Cllr Padge Reck voted against the motion while Cllr Davy Hynes abstained. The motion was carried by the combined support of all other reps.