Saturday 24 February 2018

Taxpayers take soaking over water allowance for children

John Tierney
John Tierney

Liam Fay

Moses may have parted the Red Sea but Irish Water bosses have succeeded in summoning up a much more audacious aquatic rift: splitting the water-metered populace into opposed factions. Far from helping anyone escape to the promised land, however, this particular parting of the waves will simply ensure that taxpayers on both sides get soaked.

The revelation that Irish Water is seeking a reduction in the amount of free water to which children will be entitled when water charges kick in was greeted by public outrage.

Just about everyone recoiled at the idea that any of the nation's kiddiewinks – the little angels with dirty faces for whom geysers of cleansing water are an hourly necessity – would be denied a single drop of the original proposed allowance of 38,000 litres per year.

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