Saturday 10 December 2016

Conor Power: Why a failure to refund water bills could be in breach of the Constitution

Conor Power

Published 29/04/2016 | 02:30

Irish Water latest: Micheal Martin, Simon Coveney and Enda Kenny
Irish Water latest: Micheal Martin, Simon Coveney and Enda Kenny
Photo: Fennell photography

Talks on the formation of a new Government seem to have delivered another Irish solution to an Irish problem: how to pay for water without actually charging for it.

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The current state of play is that water charges will be suspended, but that no refunds will be paid to households that have previously paid.

The thorny issue of enforcement of outstanding charges is one elephant in the room. But there is another: can a Government lawfully condone non-payment without a full refund to those who have already paid?

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