Wednesday 20 June 2018

A harsh truth: idea of free water won't fly

Joe Healy the new IFA president. Photo: Damien Eagers
Joe Healy the new IFA president. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Harsh lessons are finally being learned. In truth, only the Revenue Commissioners can collect tax in this country. When local property tax (LPT) compliance was in the hands of the Department of the Environment, it failed. TV licence payments through An Post have also run into problems, with widespread evasion.

Court fines can also have appalling rates of non-payment. But when Revenue is on the case, it has the aura - like the Mounties - of always getting its man. There is respect and the fear factor, given its swingeing powers and overwhelming resources; thus, obedience is likely to be the norm.

But Irish Water has struggled to overcome high levels of outright civil disobedience.

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