Tuesday 24 April 2018

Doing nothing is not an option on water refunds

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar Photo: Tom Burke
Editorial

Editorial

It has been some time since the cuttlefish of officialdom first blew a cloud of ink through whatever clarity there ever was concerning Irish Water.

And it seems we're not done yet. Yesterday, Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar was at loggerheads with Shane Ross on the subject of refunds for the 50pc of compliant water users who paid their bill.

Mr Varadkar said those who have paid up should not end up worse off than those who have not. Yet he went on - employing the clouded logic that seems to obscure every decision on the issue ­- to stress that, in his view, they should not be refunded. Transport Minister Ross was adamant they ought to be. The only way to justify not paying refunds is to pursue defaulters for their bills.

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