Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said his party has not yet considered whether those who have paid water charges should be compensated if the charges are abolished.

Speaking ahead of the party's Ard Chomhairle in Dublin today, Mr Adams said Sinn Féin had made it clear that if it got a mandate in the next general election it would abolish water charges and would not pursue those people who had not paid.

Asked about a proposal by the Anti-Austerity Alliance to compensate through tax relief those who had already paid the charges if they are abolished, Mr Adams said Sinn Féin had not considered that issue yet.

Mr Adams said Sinn Féin's focus was on those who could not afford to pay, and that it supported those who decided not to pay.

He said Taoiseach Enda Kenny needs to listen to what people are saying and get real on this issue.

Mr Adams said the fact that only 43% of households had paid the charges was proof positive that people are absolutely fed up with the Government on this issue.

Asked about the future of Irish Water, Mr Adams said the utility was not a feasible facility to go forward, and his party wanted a different form of governance.

Mr Adams said Sinn Féin was looking at that at the moment, but that certainly Sinn Féin in Government would abolish Irish Water in its current form.

He said Sinn Féin's preference had always been that the situation should have been as it was previously, developed at local authority level, but the Government had got rid of all of that.