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#Water Charges

# water-charges - Saturday 8 April, 2017

'It was a cock-up': Government chief whip says Fine Gael messed up with water charges

Regina Doherty said that the party had made a “catastrophe” of trying to introduce water charges.

# water-charges - Friday 7 April, 2017

Simon Coveney says water committee seems to be moving in 'extremely worrying' direction

The minister has said some of the wording agreed by the committee is “deeply ambiguous” and at odds with the EU.

# water-charges - Thursday 6 April, 2017

A decision on water charges has been kicked down the road... again

The water committee has voted in favour of adjourning until next week.

# water-charges - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Fine Gael says water committee report is illegal and it won't support it

The water committee will reconvene tomorrow.

# water-charges - Monday 3 April, 2017

Paid your water bills? You're definitely going to get some of your money back

However, the final draft of the report states that all new homes are to have water meters installed.

# water-charges - Friday 31 March, 2017

Paul Murphy promises he won't talk about his upcoming trial at Jobstown protest rallies

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy is one of seven people charged with falsely imprisoning Joan Burton.

# water-charges - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Finally: Water committee close to a deal on the future of charges

The definition of water wastage has been defined as 1.7 times the average usage has been agreed by the committee.

# water-charges - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

Households which waste water 'to face prosecution' under proposed new plans

There are also plans to give some money back to those who paid the charges.

# water-charges - Sunday 26 March, 2017

Just fining people for wasting water won't be enough says EU commissioner

The issue of water charges will be back on the agenda in Leinster House this week.

# water-charges - Wednesday 8 March, 2017

Public ownership of water just got one step closer to being enshrined in the Constitution

The water committee agreed, unanimously without a vote, that it is in favour of placing Irish Water in public ownership in the Constitution.

# water-charges - Tuesday 7 March, 2017

Water committee calls for refunds, but Fine Gael still wants to pursue 'non-compliant' households

Three out of five people think households should be charged for excessive water use.

# water-charges - Thursday 2 March, 2017

Poll: Do you think people should be charged for excessive use of water? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think people should be charged for excessive use of water?

Coveney wants a charge for excessive usage.

# water-charges - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

So many questions... what's happening with water charges?

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are at loggerheads over water charges… again.

# water-charges - Tuesday 28 February, 2017

Coveney says he will not legislate for water charges abolition 'as it would be illegal'

The Housing Minister was talking tough tonight, but said Fine Gael were not in breach of confidence and supply agreement.

Poll: Should people who paid their water charges get a refund? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should people who paid their water charges get a refund?

An Oireachtas committee is expected to recommend it.

# water-charges - Sunday 26 February, 2017

'This is our weapon' - Is the future of the protest in Ireland under threat?

Ahead of the trial of a number of Jobstown protesters, activists have urged members of the public to stand up for their right to demonstrate.

# water-charges - Saturday 25 February, 2017

FactCheck: Did Right2Water this week support charging for excessive water use?

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen made the claim this week, and the AAA-PBP’s Paul Murphy accused him of “mischief making”. FactCheck steps in.

# water-charges - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

Against Fine Gael's wishes, Right2Water will be invited to speak before water committee

The all-party Oireachtas group is looking at the future of water charges.

# water-charges - Friday 13 January, 2017

Irish Water: 'We did not waste €70m on consultants'

Irish Water state the money was spent on experts that were needed to set up the utility.

# water-charges - Thursday 12 January, 2017

Regulator denies saying water metering programme should be abandoned

Irish Water and the Commission of Energy Regulation were before the Oireachtas committee today.

# water-charges - Monday 2 January, 2017

Water charges won't bring down this government, says Taoiseach

Kenny said Irish Water is “getting on with its work” and is making “real advances”.

# water-charges - Friday 30 December, 2016

Enda rules out general election and Cabinet reshuffle in the near future

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has also said there’s no chance of a coalition with Fianna Fáil in the future.

# water-charges - Monday 26 December, 2016

'This is an absolute joke of a Dáil': Alan Kelly on sexism, his poisoned chalice and Labour's future

Labour’s Alan Kelly now finds himself in opposition – and he seems to rather like it.

# water-charges - Tuesday 13 December, 2016

In private and no questions: The first water committee meeting

Kevin Duffy addressed a number of the main issues around the water charges debate, including water wastage and paying people back.

# water-charges - Sunday 4 December, 2016

Water meters are not the new e-voting machines - they cost us a lot more

To date, the State has spent €465 million on the water metering project.

# water-charges - Friday 2 December, 2016

Nothing left to give back: Coveney says water charges money already spent

A member of the water committee said that people who have paid for water shouldn’t be given their money back, as that would make them feel like fools.

# water-charges - Thursday 1 December, 2016

FactCheck: How many people boycotted water charges?

The AAA-PBP says almost three quarters of Irish Water customers refused to pay during the most recent billing cycle. Is that true?

Poll: Should people who paid their water charges get their money back? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should people who paid their water charges get their money back?

Minister Coveney has said that people who paid the water charges “did the right thing”.

# water-charges - Wednesday 30 November, 2016

Alan Kelly and Brendan Ogle have been trading barbs on national radio (again)

Water charges are centre stage once again. Alan Kelly has described this week’s report on the issue as a ‘fudge’.

Simon Coveney: 'You don't wash your car with Ballygowan, because if you do you pay for it'

The minister also said that people who paid their charges “did the right thing and we are not going to make a fool of them”.

# water-charges - Tuesday 29 November, 2016

If you paid your water bills you won't be getting your money back

The regime may be changing but that doesn’t change the past, says Simon Coveney.

Official verdict: 'The vast majority of consumers will not have to pay direct charges for water'

The report describes normal usage as “a public service.”

# water-charges - Monday 28 November, 2016

Poll: Would you be happy with the reported future of water charges? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you be happy with the reported future of water charges?

“Normal” usage would be paid for by general taxation.

# water-charges - Monday 21 November, 2016

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen says he is not ruling out future water charges

Last week, party leader Micheál Martin said the charges were gone for good.

# water-charges - Saturday 19 November, 2016

Fianna Fáil hold "balance of power" on 'modest' water charges, says Paul Murphy

A report leaked to RTÉ has suggested that some form of water charges must be imposed for Ireland to satisfy its EU obligations.

Poll: Would you accept a "modest" water charge? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you accept a "modest" water charge?

The expert commission on water is expected to recommend that Irish people must pay some sort of charge to fulfil EU obligations.

# water-charges - Monday 7 November, 2016

Community thanked for patience as 'temporary' boil water notice is lifted after seven years

Over 50 premises were affected in Burncourt, including a national school.

# water-charges - Sunday 23 October, 2016

Ruth Coppinger: 'The TDs who decided women's destinies in 1983 abortion debate still hold office'

Ruth Coppinger said her party will take the pay increase due to TDs, but it will go towards campaigns supports.

# water-charges - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

It's going to cost €123 million to keep Irish Water afloat due to water charges shortfall

The funding is to last for the period of the water charges suspension up to 2017.

# water-charges - Monday 10 October, 2016

Irish Water has put out a tender for a debt collection agency

The utility told TheJournal.ie it was a “precautionary measure”, but said domestic customers remain liable for outstanding bills.