Galway families to pay between €278 to €586 in water charges

A family with two adults will pay €278 a year in water charges according to figures released by the water regulator this morning.

The Commission for Energy Regulation has decided that all 1.35 million customers of the controversial Irish Water organisation will pay an assessed or average charge for nine months after the charges come into effect tomorrow.

The assessed charge, based on average consumption of households of similar size, will apply until July, after which those with a meter installed will pay based upon consumption. This means a family of one adult will pay €176 a year for their drinking and waste water. Children will not be charged. Instead each child will receive 21,000 litres of ‘free’ water per year, and the CER has promised to monitor usage of minors to ensure they do not incur a bill.


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Galway families to pay between €278 to €586 in water charges

A family with two adults will pay €278 a year in water charges according to figures released by the water regulator this morning.


What's On

Fight Like Apes, Kid Karate, Sleep Thieves play Galway in November

FIGHT LIKE Apes, Kid Karate, and Sleep Thieves will play six venues across Ireland this November, including Galway’s Róisín Dubh, as they headline this year's FMC Tour.

Fight Like Apes.

Property

Enormous interest in the city centre properties in O’Donnellan & Joyce auction

O’Donnellan & Joyce, which is about to hold what is reportedly the largest public property auctions in the west of Ireland, is reporting excellent interest in its city properties from investors and, particularly, first time buyers. There has been a record number of people at the open viewings which are held every week, with investors realising that this could be the last opportunity to acquire properties prior to the next Budget — if they hold the property for a period of seven years they will have no capital gains tax which is a huge incentive, particularly for cash investors.


Sport

Connacht face Scottish trailblazers after record third league win on the bounce

Connacht Rugby, with little time to enjoy their “massive” win over Leinster, now head to Glasgow knowing the Scottish trailblazers are a different proposition, particularly at Scotstoun, in tomorrow evening’s Guinness Pro 12 fixture (7.35pm).

George Naoupu on attack is tackled by two former Connacht players, Mike McCarthy and Eoin Reddan in Connacht’s victory over Leinster at the Sportsground.

Motors

From Cape to Cape in a Volkswagen Touareg

On Sunday (September 21) three drivers set out in a Volkswagen Touareg in pursuit of a world record time over a route that connects the northern tip of Europe with the southern tip of South Africa: From North Cape to Cape Agulhas.


Business

Three hundred businesses expected to attend west of Ireland’s largest business networking event

Registration is now open for MeetWest 2014, the largest business networking event in the West of Ireland this year. Hosted by Galway City Council, MeetWest 2014 is a two-day business networking forum taking place at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway on November 20th and 21st 2014.

Brendan McGrath, chief executive Galway City Council; Christina Lynch, Mayo County Council; Kevin Kelly, chief executive, Galway County Council; and Una Ni Chuinn, Roscommon County Council

Lifestyle

Delicious seafood at Mary’s Fish Shop

Mary of Mary’s Fish Shop would like to thank all those who attended the shop’s recent fish cookery demonstrations. Building on the success of her first demo day last Easter, Mary was joined by the Galway Bay FM roadcaster and several top chefs, all of whom seemed to be enjoying the day as much as the customers who were happy to eat the fruits of their labours.

Mary’s children Tara and Erin, with their friend Ailish, pictured at the recent fish cookery demonstration day.

Opinion

Long summer and water charges will leave the lonely vulnerable

Paddy is confused. He's known something has been wrong for the last while, but he just cannot put his finger on it. He wakes up in the morning and there it is, the bright shining light in the sky since 6 am. And he groans cos now it's getting him down. He feels like going to the window in his striped pyjamas and string vest and shouting out at the land outside a la Sarah Miles in White Mischief – Oh no, not another effin' beautiful day.' Cos like Miles , he is now begging for it to end. Or cool down at least. Or make up its bloody mind.


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