Saturday 3 December 2016

Analysis: Politicians to blame for this mess

Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30

'In the absence of legislative change, it’s business as usual'
'In the absence of legislative change, it’s business as usual'

The fact that Irish Water is continuing to send bills to households at a time when charges are supposed to be suspended is a nonsense.

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But the blame does not lie with the utility. The law says that if a household draws water from the public mains, or discharges wastewater into a public sewer, they must pay. Irish Water's hands are tied. In fact, the law also says that not only must the utility send a bill, you must pay it.

In the absence of legislative change, it's business as usual. But there is no doubt that payment rates, which currently stand at 61pc, will plummet. After all, why would anyone pay after Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil made it abundantly clear that they plan to suspend the charge for at least nine months?

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