Monday 27 February 2017

Water charges must be refunded now - or else the Government will risk an outpouring of public anger

Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

Residents of Clanbrassil Close, Dublin, protest as GMC Sierra workers install meters in the area in 2014. Photo: Damien Eagers
Residents of Clanbrassil Close, Dublin, protest as GMC Sierra workers install meters in the area in 2014. Photo: Damien Eagers
Simon Coveney

The Report on Funding of Domestic Public Water Services in Ireland has essentially recommended that we take all the mistakes made in the past - and repeat them.

Up until the establishment of Irish Water, the national domestic water supply was funded out of general taxation.

Now it is recommended that we take a step back to this failed system which saw the infrastructure decline so badly that 50pc of the underground pipes were leaking - the international standard is about 5pc - and thousands of households around the country were on boil-water notices.

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