Sunday 11 December 2016

Editorial: Water torture offsets gains that were made by families

Published 04/08/2014 | 02:30

Water meters have been installed at homes across the country
Water meters have been installed at homes across the country

TODAY we reveal that the Government is considering a five-year freeze on Local Property Tax evaluations in an attempt to off-set the rising cost to householders, particularly in the greater Dublin area, where house prices have surged.

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If the Government think this will diminish the growing anger at the level of water charges which will start to affect families by the end of the year, it is mistaken.

Not only will water cost a lot more than was originally expected but there is a real danger that this will pour cold water on the return of optimism brought about by job creation, the return to profitability of the banks and a general desire on the part of most of the population to move on from the austerity years.

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