Irish Water yet to win minds
The disclosure that Irish Water has collected 46pc of all domestic water charge payments due to it for the first three months of billing must represent yet another setback in the requirement to provide proper water services throughout the country.
It is to be expected that the Government, and the utility company itself, will try to put the best possible interpretation on confirmation that just €30.5m has been collected from 670,000 households in a period when it was hoped to collect €66.8m.
The Environment Minister, Alan Kelly, has said he is "very, very satisfied" and "very happy" that Irish Water has collected less than half of water charges due over the period concerned. A spokeswoman for Irish Water has said that the sum collected "represents a solid start" for the company.