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Friday 29 September 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Water Charges

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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.
Irish Water has put out a tender for a debt collection agency
The utility told it was a “precautionary measure”, but said domestic customers remain liable for outstanding bills.
Ireland's water charges are among the lowest in Europe...*
* And that’s even before they were suspended. Dublin meanwhile ranks 31st out of 31 European cities in terms of percentage income spent on charges each year.
FactCheck: Does every other country in Europe have water charges?
Fine Gael TD Seán Barrett made the claim over the airwaves recently. Is it true?
More childcare, schools and capital spending, and lots of tax changes - Sinn Féin's budget proposals have received an advance copy of the party’s “alternative budget” to be unveiled today.
Paul Murphy will face trial over Jobstown false imprisonment charges next year
The date was set in court this morning.
"The bills won't be coming back...water charges are gone" - Fianna Fáil's Thomas Byrne
Fianna Fáil’s Education spokesperson says his party’s water charges policy has been consistent.
Fianna Fáil have had "more positions than the Kama Sutra" on water charges, says Sinn Féin TD
Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen said Sinn Féin is “showboating” with today’s motion.
The Citizens' Assembly will take place on Saturday 15 October in Dublin Castle
The Government press office confirmed to that Red C polling will conduct the poll to decide the makeup of the assembly.
Garda tells court Jobstown protest was 'like a rugby maul'
The detective inspector was giving evidence today at the trial of a teenager accused of the false imprisonment of Joan Burton and her advisor.
FactCheck: Has Fianna Fáil's position on water charges really been "consistent"?
They’ve been accused of a U-Turn on the issue, but Micheál Martin has denied it. What do the facts say?
Fianna Fáil's call for water charges to be abolished 'first shot in election campaign'
Earlier, Enda Kenny said: “I’m not sure what Fianna Fáil are at here.”
"Tens of thousands" expected to protest water charges (and the government's Apple decision)
Right2Water is asking people to take to the streets again, and organisers are preparing for a large turnout.
“It’s not a U-turn" - Fianna Fáil wants water charges abolished
They’re suspended for now but the party wants them gone altogether.
Water protestor who called President Higgins a 'midget parasite' is spared jail
Father-of-three Derek Byrne (36), from Streamville Rd, Kilbarrack, Dublin, was fined €300 by Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court today.
Judge warns people against recording Jobstown trial on their smartphones
The judge says that this had been a problem at a previous hearing.
FactCheck: Is Pat Rabbitte right about RTE's coverage of water charges?
The former Labour TD says RTE has focused almost entirely on protests, and almost never reported on the need to improve our water infrastructure.
Irish Water revenue from bills slashed almost in half
The suspension of charges was announced by the government as the fifth bill was being issued to customers.
Multiple calls for head of water charges commission to step down over "ill-judged" comments
In a media interview Joe O’Toole expressed his support for the charges.
Irish Water have finally stopped sending out bills - here's what it means to you
Households will longer receive Irish Water bills from this month, as the suspension of water charges begins to take tangible effect.
FactCheck: Who uses water most, and who pays most of the cost?
Do households really only use 10% of water, but pay 78% of the cost of funding our water system? FactCheck takes a closer look.
The government has handpicked these 'water experts' to tell us what to do with Irish Water
Charges are suspended until the process has been completed.
Water charges are going nowhere, says European Commission
It has said that Ireland changed its ‘established practice’ under a Fianna Fáil-led government in 2010.
Joan Burton has a lot to say about Enda Kenny's 'cop-out' on abortion
The former Tánaiste talks abortion, rent supplement and why women have to be tough to be in Irish politics.
'The only objective was to get Enda and Fine Gael back in and it's done'
Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes is working on a committee investigating the controversial Panama Papers.
"Bullying the populace into submission" - TDs aren't happy about Enda's comments on water charges
Kenny has made comments in a newspaper interview about the controversial charges.
European Commission confirms its view that we are no longer exempt from water charges
The “Irish exemption” ended when we introduced water charges, the European Commission has told
Is Ireland set to go to war with the European Commission over water charges?
The Commission today issued a statement apparently saying that Ireland is no longer exempt from water charges.
The government has defeated Sinn Féin's plans to get rid of Irish Water
The motion called for the immediate scrapping of Irish Water as well as an end to water charges.
Scuffles between water charge protesters and gardaí as Alan Kelly arrives at the Dáil
Protesters chanted “shame on you” as Kelly made his way to the gates.
Fianna Fáil TD says people should pay water bills, before calling the whole thing a 'sorry mess'
A Sinn Féin motion calling for the charges to be scrapped will be debated in the Dáil today.
Now John Halligan says he'll vote WITH the government on water charges
The new junior minister will support the government’s counter-motion, which will suspend the charges for nine months.
The state of Irish Water: 8,000 cancelled direct debits and 21% drop in revenue
Payments declined as government talks continued.
Majority of Irish people think water charges should be refunded to those who have paid
Just 8% don’t know what they think on the issue.
Suspension of water charges will cost the taxpayer €115 million extra in 2017
It has also been revealed that the programme for installing domestic water meter is now under review following the suspension of charges.
Finian McGrath says that he WILL pay his water charges
The junior minister had previously said that he would not pay.
Labour - including Alan Kelly - wants Irish Water to refund all payments
But only in the event of water charges being suspended…
Can people who paid their water charges sue the government for a refund?
One Labour TD said he would be happy to lead a class action suit on behalf of bill-payers. But is it possible?
Enda Kenny tells new ministers to pay their water charges
Independent TDs Finian McGrath and John Halligan have both said they have not paid their Irish Water bill.
People who have paid water charges won't get their money back - Fianna Fáil TD
Jim O’Callaghan said we can’t have a situation where people who haven’t paid their bills can tell people who have, ‘Well tough, you shouldn’t have bothered.’