Another fine mess over water charges
The story of water charges non-introduction here is among the least encouraging tales of modern Ireland. It started as a simple, if contentious, administrative task.
It was to provide significant investment for a creaky water delivery system which was losing half its capacity to leaks. It was to further end the barbaric neglect which allowed raw sewage going straight into our watercourses, be it river, lake or seashore at 40 locations.
It was not too surprising that the prospect of a new charge, or tax, at a time of bruising economic austerity was not welcome. But there was broad acceptance in middle Ireland that piping and cleaning water, along with dealing with waste water, is not now, nor was it ever, free of charges.