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"No decision on Irish Water charging," - Gilmore

The CEO of Irish Water today suggested that the service of those who don’t pay will be affected, but Eamon Gilmore said nothing like that has been decided on.

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THERE IS NO way of saying that people who don’t pay their water charges will have their flow stopped, the Tánaiste has said.

Eamon Gilmore was responding to comments made this morning by John Tierney, the head of Irish Water.

Tierney had told Newstalk Breakfast that customers who don’t or can’t pay would suffer disruption to their services.

However, Gilmore said that he “didn’t see how that could be the case”.

“The government has made it very clear that the charging regime will be on top of a household allowance. There has to be an allowance.

“In any event, the question of what regime will be in place is not yet determined and it’s too early to be speculating.”

Gilmore also reiterated his comments that the €50 million that has already been spent by Irish Water would have to prove to be money well spent.

Read: Tánaiste: Irish Water must show €50m spending on consultants was necessary

Read: ‘A national scandal’: Irish Water facing questions from PAC over €50m consultancy fees

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