Floodgates open on household charges
BRACE yourself. While everyone has been getting excited about whether Ireland might need a second bailout from the EU/IMF, the reality of the existing one has been creeping up behind. Yesterday Environment Minister Phil Hogan -- whose normally uncontentious brief could be one of the most unpopular in this government -- confirmed that a new "household charge" will apply from next year.
This will apply in advance of a new property tax and the introduction of metered water charges. This should not come as a surprise -- even if the method being used does.
Both property taxes and water charges are in the agreement with the EU/IMF and there are deadlines for their implementation. Still, hearing the announcement of their imminent arrival comes as -- well, a dash of cold water.