Councillors brand Irish Water price concessions as a ‘confidence trick'

Sinn Féin councillor Mairéad Farrell.

Fixed rate water charges announced last nighty are only “‘a confidence trick” to “bribe hard-pressed families into paying, while Government pledges that Irish Water will not be privatised have met with scepticism from Galway councillors.

In the latest climbdown by the Government on its deeply unpopular water tax, charges will be capped at €160 a year for families while a single adult household will pay a €60 rate. The caps will remain in place until the end of 2018.

Both figures are lower than expected and include the annual €100 rebate payable upon registration with Irish Water. The changes to the Government’s water tax plan were announced in the Dáil yesterday afternoon by the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly.


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Councillors brand Irish Water price concessions as a ‘confidence trick'

Fixed rate water charges announced last nighty are only “‘a confidence trick” to “bribe hard-pressed families into paying, while Government pledges that Irish Water will not be privatised have met with scepticism from Galway councillors.

Sinn Féin councillor Mairéad Farrell.

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