Deputy Doherty said the government should now make a commitment not to bring in water charges.
Speaking today he said;
“Today’s figures are very impressive and very welcome news.
“They provide further opportunity for the government to do the right thing.
“The Government should make the tax system fair, protect our public services and reverse the most brutal cuts they have introduced.
“A commitment should now be given that water charges will not be introduced.
“The government cannot talk of a neutral budget if it is planning to charge people hundreds of euro on another austerity tax.”