Limerick IFA wins right for review on water charges
Farmers have succeeded in getting a review of annual charges of up to €1,000 for water connections that they never used.
Charges in Co Limerick are among the highest in the country with annual charges of €200 per connection and many farmers with fragmented holdings have to pay for three or more connections.
A two-year campaign by Limerick IFA for a review of the charges, which they claimed were grossly unfair, has now culminated in the local authority undertaking a review of the existing regime.
Limerick County IFA Chairman Eddie Scanlan said that farmers are not objecting to paying for water used, but there should be a reasonable ceiling on the fixed charges for connections.
"The County Council should justify why charges in Limerick county are so much higher than other counties," he said.
A survey carried out by the Farming Independent during the summer showed a huge variation in annual water charges around the country, with a variation between the cheapest and most expensive of 400pc.
Limerick was highlighted as the most expensive council in the country to maintain a water connection.