Government accused of delaying potential referendum on public ownership of water

Government accused of delaying potential referendum on public ownership of water

The government has been accused of kicking the can down the road over a proposed referendum on the public ownership of water.

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Water referendum must 'not be rushed', says Eoghan Murphy

Water referendum must 'not be rushed', says Eoghan Murphy

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has insisted that the government will still to hold a referendum on whether water should be protected in public ownership but the vote must “not be rushed”.

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C&AG remit may cover water - Vote needed

C&AG remit may cover water - Vote needed

Even though the position of the water charges debacle at the very apex of public administration and political failure seemed unassailable, it may yet have to cede that dubious distinction to the national children’s hospital.

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New water charging system described as 'thin edge of the wedge'

New water charging system described as 'thin edge of the wedge'

A new water charging system which will affect tens of thousands of households has been described as the "thin edge of a wedge" to roll out metered charging in future years.

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Homes wasting water to face fines if consumption not cut within one year

Homes wasting water to face fines if consumption not cut within one year

Households which ‘excessively use’ or waste water will be given a year to reduce their consumption before they face being fined, under plans to be approved by Cabinet tomorrow.

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Q&A: EPA get 1,359 early water abstraction registrations

Q&A: EPA get 1,359 early water abstraction registrations

Most of the public and group water supply schemes, and a reasonable proportion of abstractions in many other sectors, have made submissions for the register of water abstractions being developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, which is required by EU regulations.

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125 complaints about Irish Water connection fees

125 complaints about Irish Water connection fees

Irish Water has revealed it has received 125 complaints in relation to connection charges applied to new builds over the past year — but all were rejected.

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80,000 homes in line for excessive usage fee when new water charge system comes in

80,000 homes in line for excessive usage fee when new water charge system comes in

Around 80,000 households are to be charged with 'excessive usage' water charges when the new scheme comes in.

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Cost of connecting water supply connection could plummet, says proposal

Cost of connecting water supply connection could plummet, says proposal

The cost of connecting new properties to the main water supply could fall significantly in the vast majority of cases if the utilities regulator rubberstamps proposals from Irish Water to overhaul the current charging structure.

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'Serious disconnect' reason water charges unsuccessful - report

'Serious disconnect' reason water charges unsuccessful - report

Water charges were unsuccessful due to the way in which they were implemented rather than the idea, according to a new report.

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Here are seven unusual ways to reduce your water usage

Here are seven unusual ways to reduce your water usage

Did you know that you probably use around 140 litres of water a day?

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Latest: Houses will be given time to fix leaks before excess water charges, says Minister

Latest: Houses will be given time to fix leaks before excess water charges, says Minister

Update 3.17pm: The Housing Minister has moved to reassure the public that households that waste water inadvertently will be given time to identify their leaks.

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Group water subsidy per house to go as high as €281

Group water subsidy per house to go as high as €281

New measures to improve rural water services will ensure that members of group water schemes get comparable benefits to what Irish Water does for the public supply, said Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, writes Stephen Cadogan.

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People Before Profit warning of more water protests if Government change free allowance rules

People Before Profit warning of more water protests if Government change free allowance rules

People Before Profit is warning there will be more water protests if the Government tries to change the free allowance rules.

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Sinn Fein dismiss suggestions they are to blame for delay in water charge refunds

Sinn Fein dismiss suggestions they are to blame for delay in water charge refunds

The leader of Sinn Féin has dismissed suggestions his party was to blame for the delay in water charge refunds.

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Finance Minister  blames Sinn Fein for delay in water charges refund

Finance Minister blames Sinn Fein for delay in water charges refund

It is now expected to go through before the end of the month, which will enable Irish Water to start issuing cheques but it's unlikely they'll all be sent before the Christmas deadline.

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Government should also commit to date for water ownership referendum

Government should also commit to date for water ownership referendum

The Government must advance a referendum to ensure water infrastructure remains in public ownership, according to Labour spokesperson on Water Jan O’Sullivan.

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Brendan Howlin calls for delay in water charge refunds

Brendan Howlin calls for delay in water charge refunds

Water charge refunds should be delayed until next year to make sure the health service is funded through the winter, the Labour leader Brendan Howlin said today.

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Green Party believes some people will not want their refund from Irish Water

Green Party believes some people will not want their refund from Irish Water

Latest: The Green Party leader believes some people will not want their refund from Irish Water.

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€270m Irish Water payment 'not connected to refunds', says Government

€270m Irish Water payment 'not connected to refunds', says Government

A €270m payment to Irish Water had no connection to the fact water charges were scrapped, the Government has claimed.

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Latest: Irish Water apologises for burst water pipe in Navan

Latest: Irish Water apologises for burst water pipe in Navan

Latest:  Irish Water has apologised after a second major water pipe burst in just over a week, cutting off supply to up 10,000 households and businesses.

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Latest: Irish Water ‘sincerely regrets’ loss of water supply following burst pipe

Latest: Irish Water ‘sincerely regrets’ loss of water supply following burst pipe

Irish Water says it "sincerely regrets" the inconvenience caused to thousands of people in the North East because of a burst pipe.

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Water main repair could cost up to €3m

Water main repair could cost up to €3m

Irish Water has said that it will cost up to €3m to completely replace a burst water main in the North East.

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Latest: Replacing damaged mains pipe could cost €3m

Latest: Replacing damaged mains pipe could cost €3m

Latest: Fully replacing a mains pipe that burst triggering the water supply crisis in Louth and Meath could cost three million euro and take 18 months, Irish Water has said.

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Latest: Conservation grant will not affect refund of water charges, says Taoiseach

Latest: Conservation grant will not affect refund of water charges, says Taoiseach

Latest: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that refunds of water charges will not be deducted to account for the water conservation grant.

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It is my job to make sure people get water charges refund: Eoghan Murphy

It is my job to make sure people get water charges refund: Eoghan Murphy

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has said it is his job to make sure people get their refunds of water charges.

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Water charges will be refunded ’this autumn’, says Taoiseach

Water charges will be refunded ’this autumn’, says Taoiseach

Almost a million households who paid their water charges can expect to get their money back this Autumn.

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Latest: Joan Burton denies laughter in car reflected 'relaxed' atmosphere

Latest: Joan Burton denies laughter in car reflected 'relaxed' atmosphere

Update 6.47pm: Former Tánaiste Joan Burton has denied that she was “relaxed” in the car in which she was allegedly falsely imprisoned during a water charges protest.

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Dáil votes 96 to 48 to abolish water charges, except for 'excessive use'

Dáil votes 96 to 48 to abolish water charges, except for 'excessive use'

Water charges have effectively been abolished this afternoon.

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Latest: Taoiseach claims will of majority has won out on water charges

Latest: Taoiseach claims will of majority has won out on water charges

Latest: The Taoiseach has claimed the will of the majority has won out on water charges.

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Water charges row comes to boiling point;FF threaten to block election of new FG Taoiseach

Water charges row comes to boiling point;FF threaten to block election of new FG Taoiseach

Latest: The row between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael over water charges is escalating, with Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen threatening NOT to facilitate the election of a new Fine Gael Taoiseach.

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Campaigners to hold protest, urging 'petulant' TDs to scrap water charges

Campaigners to hold protest, urging 'petulant' TDs to scrap water charges

Anti-water charge campaigners will hold a protest in Dublin city centre this afternoon urging politicians to implement an Oireachtas committee report which recommends scrapping water charges.

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Latest: Fine Gael call for legal advice on water charge report

Latest: Fine Gael call for legal advice on water charge report

Latest: Fine Gael is asking the Oireachtas committee on water to get legal advice on three concerns over its final report.

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Water committee's report 'a victory for anti water charge movement': Murphy

Water committee's report 'a victory for anti water charge movement': Murphy

Latest: AAA TD for Dublin South West Paul Murphy has said the recommendations made by the water committee are a victory for the anti water charges movement.

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Paul Murphy: Campaigners claiming victory on water charges, but Govt may try again

Paul Murphy: Campaigners claiming victory on water charges, but Govt may try again

Anti-water charge campaigners are claiming victory in the final report of the water committee to be voted on tomorrow.

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Latest: Water charges issue 'a complete and utter farce' says former Minister

Latest: Water charges issue 'a complete and utter farce' says former Minister

Update 11.53am: Former Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly today described the water charges issue as a “complete and utter farce”.

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Latest: Fine Gael thinks Ireland will be in breach of EU law after latest water charge vote

Latest: Fine Gael thinks Ireland will be in breach of EU law after latest water charge vote

The party was defeated 14-6 in a vote to have the water system funded through general taxation.

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Doubts over waste water fine proposal

Doubts over waste water fine proposal

The European Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella has exhibited doubts that a proposal for waste water fines will comply with EU law.

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Latest: Fianna Fáil make water charges submission that may end stand-off with Fine Gael

Latest: Fianna Fáil make water charges submission that may end stand-off with Fine Gael

Update - 2.15pm: A deal could be agreed between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to end the stand-off over water charges which this week threatened to topple the minority government.

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Latest:Taoiseach insists Government will not support any water charge system that breaks EU laws

Latest:Taoiseach insists Government will not support any water charge system that breaks EU laws

LATEST: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that his Government will not implement legislation on water charges which is illegal, writes Daniel McConnell.

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Latest: Oireachtas committee fails to reach agreement on water charges

Latest: Oireachtas committee fails to reach agreement on water charges

Update 4.45pm: A meeting of the Oireachtas committee on water charges has failed to reach agreement about the possibility of scrapping charges entirely.

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Right2Water campaign accused of major u-turn

Right2Water campaign accused of major u-turn

The Right2Water campaign have been accused of doing a major u-turn after it said that those who abuse or waste water should face charges.

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Commission for Energy Regulation says water-metering works should be parked

Commission for Energy Regulation says water-metering works should be parked

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has said the water-metering programme should be parked, but not abandoned.

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Minister proposes free daily water allowance of 123 litres

Minister proposes free daily water allowance of 123 litres

Adults should be allowed to use 123 litres of water per day free of charge before excess costs apply under a new system, Housing Minister Simon Coveney says.

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Water charges issue will not bring down Government, says Taoiseach

Water charges issue will not bring down Government, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that water charges will not be the issue to bring down the Government.

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What future for water charges? Key committee starts work today

What future for water charges? Key committee starts work today

A group of TDs and Senators will today start the process of deciding the future of water charges.

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Poll reveals most voters in favour of refunds for those who paid water charges

Poll reveals most voters in favour of refunds for those who paid water charges

Nearly three quarters of voters say people who paid water charges should get a refund.

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Fianna Fáil indicates support for charge on excessive use of water

Fianna Fáil indicates support for charge on excessive use of water

Fianna Fáil has indicated that those who use excessive amounts of water should have to pay for it.

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Minister wants fairness for those who 'respected the law of the land' and paid water bills

Minister wants fairness for those who 'respected the law of the land' and paid water bills

Those who paid their water bills cannot be treated unfairly, a senior Cabinet member has said today.

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Decision on water-charge refunds 'within three months'

Decision on water-charge refunds 'within three months'

The Government says a decision on whether to reimburse people who paid their water charges will have to be made by the Special Oireachtas Committee within three months

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Leo Varadkar doesn't think those who paid their water charges should be refunded

Leo Varadkar doesn't think those who paid their water charges should be refunded

A Fine Gael minister says he believes there should not be refunds for those who paid water charges.

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Taoiseach: 'I don't want to commit' to refunding water charges

Taoiseach: 'I don't want to commit' to refunding water charges

Taosieach Enda Kenny has said he "does not want to commit" to refunding water charges until after a special Oireachtas Committee looks into the issue, writes Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner Political Reporter in Palo Alto.

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Minister: People who paid their water charges are not looking for their money back

Minister: People who paid their water charges are not looking for their money back

The Minister with responsibility for water charges is sticking by his calls for water bills not to be refunded.

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Minister Noonan raises possibility of refunding water charges

Minister Noonan raises possibility of refunding water charges

The Minister for Finance has tonight raised the possibility that water bills could be refunded for those who have already paid.

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Paschal Donohoe: We need to retain charges to be fair to those who paid

Paschal Donohoe: We need to retain charges to be fair to those who paid

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has said we need to keep some form of water charges to be fair to those who paid their bills.

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Report recommends people should pay for 'excessive or wasteful use' of water only

Report recommends people should pay for 'excessive or wasteful use' of water only

A new report by the expert commission looking at the future funding of water has recommended that the vast majority of people will not pay for water, write Daniel McConnell and Juno McEnroe for the Irish Examiner.

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Anti Austerity Alliance calls for water protesters to 'polish their boots', saying massive protests loom

Anti Austerity Alliance calls for water protesters to 'polish their boots', saying massive protests loom

The Anti Austerity Alliance has called for water charges to be abolished - completely.

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Update: Dáil to set up committee on water charges as FG and FF accused of 'stitch up'

Update: Dáil to set up committee on water charges as FG and FF accused of 'stitch up'

Update: 2.20pm The Dáil has voted to set up a special Oireachtas committee to decide the future of water charges.

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'Significant' funding needed to treat waste water

'Significant' funding needed to treat waste water

Raw sewage is still being pumped into Ireland's waterways, with 29 larges towns and cities around the country failing to meet EU standards.

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Water supplies serving 830,000 people at risk of contamination

Water supplies serving 830,000 people at risk of contamination

More than 100 public water supplies serving 830,000 people are at risk of being contaminated by dangerous bugs and bacteria, authorities have warned.

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