Friday 20 April 2018

Paul Melia: Bringing in Revenue will focus minds on the arrears crisis

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

NO politician wants to be the one to shut down a small-town business because it can't, or won't, pay its bills.

But there comes a point when councils will have to decide whether to write-off hundreds of millions of euro in unpaid debt, or take action against companies which refuse to pay.

This cash crisis in our local authorities is a long time in the making. In 2011, they were owed €160m in unpaid rates and water bills alone. Last year, almost half our councils reported being owed €550m. This year's tally is more than €770m, but is likely to be far higher because information from 10 councils was not available.

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