Thursday 17 August 2017

Great water give-away is now beyond surreal

Apparently, money originally put aside to help long-term unemployed people return to work might be used to pay back the charges. Stock picture
Apparently, money originally put aside to help long-term unemployed people return to work might be used to pay back the charges. Stock picture
Editorial

Editorial

Although no Government has as yet had the foresight to set up a designated Ministry for Bad Ideas, the number of them that it can still generate is remarkable. The State would soon be bankrupt if it was to pay money to householders every time it made a mistake. But that is the precedent being set with the latest cash splash leaking from Irish Water.

Even those who did not pay their water charge are to keep their €100 conservation grant. In 2015, this grant added up to €89m. Even so, it would be "too difficult" to get this money back. Too difficult for a country that just tipped its national debt over the €200bn mark? Already termed an "omnishambles", this latest twist borders on the surreal.

Those who did what any good citizen would - paid their bills - are rightly to be refunded to the tune of €170m.

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