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Saturday 2 August 2014

Hogan: FG and Labour have reached agreement on water reform

Eoghan MacConnell

Published 05/05/2014|21:21

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Water network is to get a €200m upgrade over the next two years, inset, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan
Water network is to get a €200m upgrade over the next two years, inset, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan confirmed an agreement has been reached between the Government parties on water charges.

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"We have an agreement reached between Fine Gael and Labour in relation to the water reform package and it will be released after the Cabinet meeting tomorrow," he said at an event in Co Westmeath last night.

The deal will include concessions for those on lower incomes. Ultimately the package will have to be signed off by the regulator, Minster Hogan pointed out. However, he promised a lot of specifics tomorrow.

"We are going to ensure that families are protected, that the lower income people and particularily people on fixed incomes are going to receive the maximum protection."

Mr Hogan assured the people of Co Roscommon that they would have a proper "much better water quality supply" by the end of 2015.

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