Sunday 18 February 2018

Most householders that paid water charges to get refunds by end of year

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Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent

Most householders that paid water charges are to get refunds by the end of the year, Housing minister Eoghan Muprhy has said.

The Cabinet has today agreed the mechanism for how households will be paid back and the process is to start as soon as legislation is passed by the Dáil.

The refunds will cost the State around €173m not including up to €6m in administration costs.

Mr Murphy said: "A cheque is going to issue in the post to all account holders.

"There’ll be a portal online where people can see the progress of their cheque and see exactly when they’re going to be paid.

"We will require the legislation to be passed first and if we can do that by the middle of October almost all Irish Water customers will be refunded by the end of the year."

However, some people who paid the water charges and subsequently moved house will have to contact Irish Water in order to get their cheques.

Mr Murphy said: "If you’ve moved address, you will need to get in touch with Irish Water.

"They’ll be commencing an information campaign very shortly that will go on over the next couple of weeks to let people know if they’re worried about their circumstances changing, if they’re worried about not getting the cheque to the right address.

"You can get in touch with them and they’ll make that change.

"But if you haven’t moved address, if your circumstances haven’t changed you won’t have to do anything. The cheque will come to you in the post as quickly as possible."

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