Tuesday 24 January 2017

Former Minister demands refund for Irish Water customers

Barry Lennon

Published 12/05/2016 | 14:22

Willie Penrose. Pic Tom Burke
Willie Penrose. Pic Tom Burke

Labour Party TD Willie Penrose has called on the Government to refund customers who have paid their water charges.

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The Longford Westmeath TD drafted a bill which promises to pay back customers within six months after Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil agreed to suspend the charges.

Mr Penrose, who was a practising barrister, reiterated his pledge to challenge the Government in court if they do not refund customers.

“If this is not looked at properly I’ve a number of people who I will bring. I already have a plenary summons ready,” he said.

Mr Penrose said that people who “comply with the law of the land” should not feel as if they “have been mugged”.

He insisted that no-one should “be better off or worse off” and was up to Social Protection to catch those who had got grants but not paid up.

“There’s an old statement in Westmeath, ‘Live horse and get grass.’ The horse lives today and gets grass today, so he can see tomorrow.”

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