Minister Kelly: We've no loophole to escape water charges

The Environment Minister says Ireland doesn't have an EU loophole to avoid water charges.

Minister Kelly: We've no loophole to escape water charges

The Environment Minister says Ireland doesn't have an EU loophole to avoid water charges.

Alan Kelly has denied that there is a rule in EU law which exempts Ireland from charging houses for water.

It had been claimed that Ireland secured a loophole when water charges were introduced at EU level in the last decade.

But Minister Kelly said Ireland no longer has a "derogation" - an exemption from law - due to the Troika programme.

He said it was "a consequence of the circumstances in this country … and the manner in which the agreement with the Troika was signed up [to] by the previous Government."

"We not have a derogation because we now have committed to the model that we have."

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