Wednesday 22 February 2017

Water charge laws to change before Dáil ends

Published 09/06/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Photo: Arthur Carron
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Photo: Arthur Carron

Legislation that will allow water charges to be suspended for nine months will be published before the Dáil's summer break.

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The Cabinet has approved 11 pieces of priority legislation that will focus on tackling crime, admissions to schools, paternity leave and the IBRC Commission of Investigation.

However, details of the Water Service Bill immediately sparked a row, as it underpins the establishment of an External Advisory Board for Irish Water, as well as the temporary suspension of domestic charges after the current billing cycle ends.

In the Dáil yesterday, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin queried why the establishment of an external advisory body is in the same legislation as the suspension of water charges.

The Taoiseach said the Government was "committed to legislating for both the suspension of charges for nine months and the establishment of an advisory board for Irish Water".

Irish Independent

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