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We'll be aiming to collect "over 90%" of Irish Water charges - John Tierney

TDs on The Week in Politics also debate the Government’s security.

Tierney say's they're aiming for the
Tierney say's they're aiming for the "highest rates" of collection.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

IRISH WATER IS aiming to collect “over 90%” of charges according to managing director John Tierney.

Speaking on a pre-recorded interview with RTÉ re-broadcast on The Week in Politics, Tierney said that they will be aiming for “the highest rates (of collection) achieved by other utilities”. “Over 90%,” he added.

Speaking on the same show, Donegal TD Thomas Pringle said that the massive protest marches seen over the past six weeks shows that the current Government has “lost its mandate”:

I think that the Government has already lost its mandate, I think the 100,000 people on the streets in October and the, what I would say over 200,000 people on the streets on the first of November, has shown that the Government has lost that mandate.

“I’ve heard Government representatives saying that people are very happy with the charges introduced on Wednesday, I’d love to know who they’re talking to,” he added.

But Equality Minster Aodhán Ó Ríordáin disagreed, saying that Environment Minister Alan Kelly has made a “huge difference” since taking over from Phil Hogan:

Everyone across the political spectrum has said that his frankness and his bluntness in terms of the Irish Water issue has been quite refreshing. The emphasis we’re putting on now from the Environment portfolio in terms of the social housing bill and the way that Irish Water is being communicated is very different to what went before.

Barry Cowen also said that the “Government’s credibility is being questioned” because of water charges.

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“No amount of climbdowns no matter how extensive they are will solve the situation from that perspective, it’s credibility to Govern is greatly undermined by this,” he said.

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