Monday 5 December 2016

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

Published 01/12/2016 | 02:30

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.

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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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