Labour sources: Noonan 'overruled' Kelly's previous efforts to link water grant to payment
A COALITON row has erupted over the prospect of linking the €100 Water Conservation Grant to the payment of bills.
Fine Gael TDs are piling the pressure on ministers to introduce the change after coming under fire from voters in their constituencies.
At present, the €100 grant is due to be paid to all householders who register with Irish Water – regardless of whether they have paid.
But a looming revolt from Fine Gael backbenchers has prompted proposals to end such a process, which has been dubbed “deeply unfair” by TDs.
Independent.ie can reveal that the Labour Party was caught off guard by the developments last night, even though the grant is administered by Joan Burton’s department.
The same sources said Fine Gael TDs should be asking questions of Mr Noonan instead of demanding that the changes be introduced.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe today said no changes will be made to the current system in the short term.
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