Kelly rules out changes to water charges regime
Environment Minister Alan Kelly has ruled out further changes to the water charges regime as new figures show that just over half of householders have paid.
The party's deputy leader also said that more than two-thirds of people are paying for water when those using wells or in group water schemes are taken into account.
There was widespread speculation during the summer months that the Government was considering linking the €100 Water Conservation Grant to the payment of bills.
But speaking at the Labour Party think-in, Mr Kelly said the water charges regime would not be altered.
"If you added on all of those who privately pay for water, well over two-thirds of people in this country will be paying for water," Mr Kelly said.
"It really does address the issue the majority of people do know that they have to pay for the infrastructure to deliver clean water for the country."
He made the remarks after new figures from Irish Water showed that the compliance rate has now reached 51pc.
Meanwhile, Mr Kelly also said he is to liaise with An Garda Síochána in the coming days over a suspicious package delivered to his constituency office in Nenagh, Co Tipperary last month.
The package was later deemed a hoax.