Sunday 19 November 2017

Water refunds law voted through Dáil

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Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The law that will allow for the issuing of water charge refunds has been voted through by the Dáil after several hours of debate and many proposed amendments.

Housing and local government minister Eoghan Murphy told the Dáil: "Once this Bill passes both houses we'll be able to begin the process of issuing refunds to as many households as possible.

"Regrettably it will not be possible to get them to all households before Christmas."

Mr Murphy hit out at opposition TDs arguing they were responsible for the delay in passing the legislation.

He pointed to the number of speeches repeated at various stages during the process and the number of amendments that were tabled and refused but were submitted again.

"What were they really trying to achieve if not a delay?," he asked.

The Water Services Bill 2017 was passed by 71 votes to 39.

It will now go forward to the Seanad for further debate before it can be cleared for signing into law by President Michael D Higgins.

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