Friday 22 September 2017

Water charges billpayers deserve to get a refund

'The cost of refunds is not the problem of bill-payers' (stock photo)
'The cost of refunds is not the problem of bill-payers' (stock photo)
Editorial

Editorial

If suspending water charges is the price of power, it can only be assumed that the 900,000 or more people who have paid part or all of a bill can expect to have their money refunded.

These families, many in the hard-pressed category, have complied with the law and paid the charge. For this, they have been repeatedly thanked by the outgoing government for doing their bit to help fund the necessary upgrades.

But now it appears their money is no longer needed, as the charges will be suspended for the foreseeable future. While the commission tasked with determining how Irish Water's funding requirements will be met is expected to examine the issue of refunds, the question should be put to bed today.

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