Saturday 24 February 2018

We just want to hear the truth on water charges

Environment Minister Phil Hogan has been tasked with bringing in water charges
Environment Minister Phil Hogan has been tasked with bringing in water charges
Editorial

Editorial

All the evidence suggests that we are prepared to pay water charges. But we also expect the charging regime to be fair, encourage water conservation and provide long-term funding for a reliable and quality water system.

And there is an increasing danger that many people will be alienated by the way the charging system is being handled. The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has been tasked with supervising Irish Water in the delivery of water services. The CER is involved in a process on price determination, which may take until late summer to conclude. The opposition cries foul and charges that is all too convenient as local council and European Parliament elections loom into view on May 23 next.

The Government counter-charges that this is a case of the kettle calling pot black as Fianna Fail in particular were past masters of delaying bad news ahead of polling day. These days, the public easily tire of this kind of political gamesmanship.

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