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Published 21/07/2015 | 02:30

From left: Elizabeth Arnett, head of communications at Irish Water; Environment Minister Alan Kelly; and Irish Water boss John Tierney at a press conference last year
From left: Elizabeth Arnett, head of communications at Irish Water; Environment Minister Alan Kelly; and Irish Water boss John Tierney at a press conference last year

The numbers paying their Irish Water bills has exceeded Environment Minister Alan Kelly's wildest dreams. He's not merely satisfied, he is "beyond satisfied", ecstatic - that just 46pc of people are actually paying them.

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Channelling Monty Python's Black Knight - who insisted his injuries were only a flesh wound even as his opponent hacked off his arms and his legs - Mr Kelly was adamant it was the Government's plan all along that most people would ignore their water bills.

In a flurry of media interviews last week, he likened compliance with the water charges to the household charge, which was also dismal - failing to note that fee was ultimately transferred to Revenue, and reborn as a local property tax, because collection rates were so dire.

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