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Wednesday 16 August 2017

We've been leaking a fortune due to inefficient water meters

The EU Commission has not taken legal action against others who do not levy water charges, writes Willie O'Dea

According to the senior EU officials who appeared before our committee, if a practice has continued for years and there is a proposal to change it, it ceases to be established practice and the proposal becomes established practice (Stock photo)
According to the senior EU officials who appeared before our committee, if a practice has continued for years and there is a proposal to change it, it ceases to be established practice and the proposal becomes established practice (Stock photo)

Willie O'Dea

Now that Fine Gael's night of the rubber knives has passed off without incident, the great pretenders must spend another month or two courting support on the rubber chicken circuit while they wait for Enda Kenny to hand over the written permission slip required to allow them to actually challenge him.

Last week's most watery of heaves reminds us of Phil Hogan's other watery legacy: those hundreds of thousands of useless water meters installed across the country.

I have been ankle deep in them as the Oireachtas Joint Committee On The Future Funding Of Domestic Water Services heard evidence from - and questioned - officials from the EU Commission and the Scottish and Welsh water authorities.

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