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#Water Charges

# water-charges - Today’s News

'This is our weapon' - Is the future of the protest in Ireland under threat?

Ahead of the trial of a number of Jobstown protesters, activists have urged members of the public to stand up for their right to demonstrate.

# water-charges - Yesterday’s News

FactCheck: Did Right2Water this week support charging for excessive water use?

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen made the claim this week, and the AAA-PBP’s Paul Murphy accused him of “mischief making”. FactCheck steps in.

# water-charges - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

Against Fine Gael's wishes, Right2Water will be invited to speak before water committee

The all-party Oireachtas group is looking at the future of water charges.

# water-charges - Friday 13 January, 2017

Irish Water: 'We did not waste €70m on consultants'

Irish Water state the money was spent on experts that were needed to set up the utility.

# water-charges - Thursday 12 January, 2017

Regulator denies saying water metering programme should be abandoned

Irish Water and the Commission of Energy Regulation were before the Oireachtas committee today.

# water-charges - Monday 2 January, 2017

Water charges won't bring down this government, says Taoiseach

Kenny said Irish Water is “getting on with its work” and is making “real advances”.

# water-charges - Friday 30 December, 2016

Enda rules out general election and Cabinet reshuffle in the near future

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has also said there’s no chance of a coalition with Fianna Fáil in the future.

# water-charges - Monday 26 December, 2016

'This is an absolute joke of a Dáil': Alan Kelly on sexism, his poisoned chalice and Labour's future

Labour’s Alan Kelly now finds himself in opposition – and he seems to rather like it.

# water-charges - Tuesday 13 December, 2016

In private and no questions: The first water committee meeting

Kevin Duffy addressed a number of the main issues around the water charges debate, including water wastage and paying people back.

# water-charges - Sunday 4 December, 2016

Water meters are not the new e-voting machines - they cost us a lot more

To date, the State has spent €465 million on the water metering project.

# water-charges - Friday 2 December, 2016

Nothing left to give back: Coveney says water charges money already spent

A member of the water committee said that people who have paid for water shouldn’t be given their money back, as that would make them feel like fools.

# water-charges - Thursday 1 December, 2016

FactCheck: How many people boycotted water charges?

The AAA-PBP says almost three quarters of Irish Water customers refused to pay during the most recent billing cycle. Is that true?

Poll: Should people who paid their water charges get their money back? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should people who paid their water charges get their money back?

Minister Coveney has said that people who paid the water charges “did the right thing”.

# water-charges - Wednesday 30 November, 2016

Alan Kelly and Brendan Ogle have been trading barbs on national radio (again)

Water charges are centre stage once again. Alan Kelly has described this week’s report on the issue as a ‘fudge’.

Simon Coveney: 'You don't wash your car with Ballygowan, because if you do you pay for it'

The minister also said that people who paid their charges “did the right thing and we are not going to make a fool of them”.

# water-charges - Tuesday 29 November, 2016

If you paid your water bills you won't be getting your money back

The regime may be changing but that doesn’t change the past, says Simon Coveney.

Official verdict: 'The vast majority of consumers will not have to pay direct charges for water'

The report describes normal usage as “a public service.”

# water-charges - Monday 28 November, 2016

Poll: Would you be happy with the reported future of water charges? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you be happy with the reported future of water charges?

“Normal” usage would be paid for by general taxation.

# water-charges - Monday 21 November, 2016

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen says he is not ruling out future water charges

Last week, party leader Micheál Martin said the charges were gone for good.

# water-charges - Saturday 19 November, 2016

Fianna Fáil hold "balance of power" on 'modest' water charges, says Paul Murphy

A report leaked to RTÉ has suggested that some form of water charges must be imposed for Ireland to satisfy its EU obligations.

Poll: Would you accept a "modest" water charge? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you accept a "modest" water charge?

The expert commission on water is expected to recommend that Irish people must pay some sort of charge to fulfil EU obligations.

# water-charges - Monday 7 November, 2016

Community thanked for patience as 'temporary' boil water notice is lifted after seven years

Over 50 premises were affected in Burncourt, including a national school.

# water-charges - Sunday 23 October, 2016

Ruth Coppinger: 'The TDs who decided women's destinies in 1983 abortion debate still hold office'

Ruth Coppinger said her party will take the pay increase due to TDs, but it will go towards campaigns supports.

# water-charges - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

It's going to cost €123 million to keep Irish Water afloat due to water charges shortfall

The funding is to last for the period of the water charges suspension up to 2017.

# water-charges - Monday 10 October, 2016

Irish Water has put out a tender for a debt collection agency

The utility told TheJournal.ie it was a “precautionary measure”, but said domestic customers remain liable for outstanding bills.

# water-charges - Sunday 9 October, 2016

Ireland's water charges are among the lowest in Europe...*

* And that’s even before they were suspended. Dublin meanwhile ranks 31st out of 31 European cities in terms of percentage income spent on charges each year.

# water-charges - Thursday 6 October, 2016

FactCheck: Does every other country in Europe have water charges?

Fine Gael TD Seán Barrett made the claim over the airwaves recently. Is it true?

# water-charges - Tuesday 4 October, 2016

More childcare, schools and capital spending, and lots of tax changes - Sinn Féin's budget proposals

TheJournal.ie have received an advance copy of the party’s “alternative budget” to be unveiled today.

# water-charges - Monday 3 October, 2016

Paul Murphy will face trial over Jobstown false imprisonment charges next year

The date was set in court this morning.

# water-charges - Sunday 2 October, 2016

"The bills won't be coming back...water charges are gone" - Fianna Fáil's Thomas Byrne

Fianna Fáil’s Education spokesperson says his party’s water charges policy has been consistent.

# water-charges - Wednesday 28 September, 2016

Fianna Fáil have had "more positions than the Kama Sutra" on water charges, says Sinn Féin TD

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen said Sinn Féin is “showboating” with today’s motion.

# water-charges - Wednesday 21 September, 2016

The Citizens' Assembly will take place on Saturday 15 October in Dublin Castle

The Government press office confirmed to TheJournal.ie that Red C polling will conduct the poll to decide the makeup of the assembly.

# water-charges - Tuesday 20 September, 2016

Garda tells court Jobstown protest was 'like a rugby maul'

The detective inspector was giving evidence today at the trial of a teenager accused of the false imprisonment of Joan Burton and her advisor.

# water-charges - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

FactCheck: Has Fianna Fáil's position on water charges really been "consistent"?

They’ve been accused of a U-Turn on the issue, but Micheál Martin has denied it. What do the facts say?

# water-charges - Tuesday 13 September, 2016

Fianna Fáil's call for water charges to be abolished 'first shot in election campaign'

Earlier, Enda Kenny said: “I’m not sure what Fianna Fáil are at here.”

"Tens of thousands" expected to protest water charges (and the government's Apple decision)

Right2Water is asking people to take to the streets again, and organisers are preparing for a large turnout.

# water-charges - Monday 12 September, 2016

“It’s not a U-turn" - Fianna Fáil wants water charges abolished

They’re suspended for now but the party wants them gone altogether.

# water-charges - Tuesday 6 September, 2016

Water protestor who called President Higgins a 'midget parasite' is spared jail

Father-of-three Derek Byrne (36), from Streamville Rd, Kilbarrack, Dublin, was fined €300 by Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court today.

# water-charges - Wednesday 20 July, 2016

Judge warns people against recording Jobstown trial on their smartphones

The judge says that this had been a problem at a previous hearing.

# water-charges - Sunday 17 July, 2016

FactCheck: Is Pat Rabbitte right about RTE's coverage of water charges?

The former Labour TD says RTE has focused almost entirely on protests, and almost never reported on the need to improve our water infrastructure.

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