Water Charges Makes Waves Between Fine Gael And Fianna Fáil

Water charges are making waves between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil again.

Minister Simon Coveney is refusing to bring in laws on a new system if they don’t include charges for wasting water.

That’s despite the fact the parties’ confidence and supply agreement requires him to introduce legislation to support the system agreed by a special committee.


Many members of that committee say they don’t want a charge for excessive use – and Fianna Fáil says it doesn’t want any charges.

Minister Coveney says European law requires charges for excessive use, and he won’t legislate to get rid of them.

But Clare’s Sinn Féin representative says he doesn’t accept any argument about excessive use.

Shannon Councillor Mike McKee says under investment in infrastructure has led to waste.