Sunday 4 December 2016

Irish Water fiasco goes on with deluge of bills

Published 08/04/2015 | 02:30

Thousands of anti austerity water protesters march through Dublin city centre on March 21, as
Thousands of anti austerity water protesters march through Dublin city centre on March 21, as "just like the Bourbons, Irish Water appears to have learned nothing and forgotten nothing" (Getty Images)

Only Irish Water could have come up with it - "a dry run" to deluge the country with 39,000 bills.

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Given the history of the company to date, what could possibly go wrong? Whatever about leaky pipes, the utility is not taking any chances with payment, and so 750 people are on standby at a call centre in Cork, on the off-chance there might be a few queries.

The company has described the billing process as a significant task, and has also said it expects there will be errors in its database.

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