‘Best Possible Option’ Chosen For Water Charges

The chairman of the water services committee says the group came up with the ‘best possible option’ that they could.

Members approved a final report last night, and it’s going up for debate in the Dail this evening, before a vote tomorrow.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are expected to ensure that’s passed comfortably, but one anti-water charges campaigner in Clare says the plan doesn’t go far enough.


The final report of the water services committee which was adopted last night, will be debated in the Dáil tonight for just one hour and 20 minutes.

Fianna Fáil’s insisting the charging regime is gone and only those who waste water will ever get a bill in the future.

Chairman of the water services committee, Independent Senator Padraig O’Ceidigh believes he himself, and the committee, did all they could, given the challenges they faced.

But a Clare Anti-water charges campaigner says the plan can’t be described as a win for those who have been pushing for charges to be scrapped.

O’Callaghan Mills resident Niamh O’Brien, believes it’s another excuse to push charges through the back door in the future.

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has also cited the compulsory metering of new builds as proof that there’s a plan to introduce charges in the future.

But Limerick Fianna Fail Deputy Willie O’Dea has dismissed those concerns.