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Water mess

• Further to Phil Hogan's threat to cut off people who do not pay for water, it was always my understanding that water was a basic human right, and as such, under the Geneva Convention, you could not deny access to water. I believe that this may have been amended to ensure that everybody has the right to affordable water.

However, it is my understanding that the right to water is explicitly enshrined in two UN human rights treaties -- one of which is the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

What happens if a parent/s refuse to pay the water charge? Is water to be supplied directly to the children of the house excluding the parents?

Rather than run the risk of the children sharing their water with their parents, they could be monitored to ensure that they don't. Though that might be a bit costly. Perhaps Phil will have the children taken into care to ensure that their basic needs are being met. Probably be costly, too, though.

David Sheerin
Co Wicklow

Irish Independent