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Exactly 422,455 households have not registered with Irish Water

The report from the Comptroller & Auditor General says further funding of €1.4 billion is anticipated to be invested in 2015 and 2016.

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THE STORY OF the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in terms of who has registered and paid with Irish Water has been dominating the headlines in recent months.

It has now been confirmed by the Comptroller & Auditor General’s report that 27.5% of Ireland’s 1.9 million households have not registered with Irish Water.

The report does not specify how many people who have registered have actually paid their bills.

An analysis of Irish Water’s domestic customers as of 31 August 2015 shows the following:


Here’s what else is covered in the report on central government funding of Irish Water:

In 2013 and 2014, Irish Water received a total of €1.2 billion in grants, loans and capital contributions from central government.

Further funding of €1.4 billion is anticipated in 2015 and 2016.

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Before Irish Water was in existence, local authorities were responsible for delivery water services through the Water Services Investment Programme.

The total cost from 2007 to 2013 was €2.9 billion, including expenditure of €241 million in 2013. Here’s how much was spent:


That bridging loan

In July 2013, Irish Water entered into a €250 million bridging loan facility with the from the National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF). In November 2014, the facility was increased to €300 million.

Last year it was confirmed that Irish Water was paying an annual interest rate of over 2% a year to the the state pension fund

That €300 million facility was fully drawn down and was repayable on 2 September 2015. The total guarantee fee to be paid is €10.3 million, and the final instalment is payable in October 2015.

Examining if condition were met 

The C&AG said the most significant element of central government funding of Irish Water is the money from the Local Government Fund – the money used to provide water services prior to Irish Water.

The 2014 grant of €439 million was based on the amount previously provided to local authorities for the provision of water services.

The audit of the 2014 Local Government Fund is examining whether the conditions attached to that funding were met.

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