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Water-wasters could now be slapped with 'penalty point' fines - Irish Independent;

Water-wasters could now be slapped with 'penalty point' fines - Irish Independent

Irish IndependentWater-wasters could now be slapped with 'penalty point' finesIrish IndependentWater wasters will be slapped with fines - similar to those incurred by speeding motorists - under plans proposed by Fianna Fáil, the Irish Independent can reveal. Legal advice commissioned by the party proposes the introduction of a "fixed charge ...and more »

Pat Leahy: New politics working for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil - Irish Times;

Pat Leahy: New politics working for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil - Irish Times

Irish TimesPat Leahy: New politics working for Fine Gael and Fianna FáilIrish TimesThere are few people in politics, in the Government or around Leinster House who exhibit much affection for the so-called new politics. The general view is that the arrangements of the last year are not working. However, as we saw when the two main ...and more »

Cliff Taylor: Why we need to broaden the tax base - Irish Times;

Cliff Taylor: Why we need to broaden the tax base - Irish Times

Irish TimesCliff Taylor: Why we need to broaden the tax baseIrish TimesThe debate now raging about whether anyone should pay for water in Ireland is framed as being about the risk of breaching European law. Europe won't like it if we don't pay, we are told, and we will likely breach European legislation and be fined ...and more »

Coveney refuses to reveal FG stance on water charge refunds - Irish Times;

Coveney refuses to reveal FG stance on water charge refunds - Irish Times

Irish TimesCoveney refuses to reveal FG stance on water charge refundsIrish TimesMinister for Housing Simon Coveney has declined to say if Fine Gael is in favour of refunding householders who paid their water charges. The party is still at odds with Fianna Fáil over the future of the levies and in particular whether an excessive ...and more »

Solving water row may take months - Irish Examiner;

Solving water row may take months - Irish Examiner

Irish ExaminerSolving water row may take monthsIrish ExaminerA solution on defusing the row over scrapping water bills could be delayed until April or even May as an Oireachtas committee resolves legal obstacles hampering an agreement between parties. A deadline of Monday week to pass a report to the Dáil for a ...and more »

Ireland's leader in waiting? - The Kerryman

Ireland's leader in waiting?The KerrymanDuring his visit to Tralee last week Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin sat down for an extensive interview with Simon Brouder. What effect do you think the leadership question in Fine Gael is having on the Government? Micheál Martin: I was very ...and more »

Compromise could be closer on water charges - Newstalk 106-108 fm;

Compromise could be closer on water charges - Newstalk 106-108 fm

Newstalk 106-108 fmCompromise could be closer on water chargesNewstalk 106-108 fmFine Gael and Fianna Fáil may be moving towards a compromise that could avoid a government collapse over water charges. Fine Gael has agreed to seek new legal advice on whether a total abolition of charges would be in keeping with European Union ...and more »

FG And FF Inch Towards Compromise On Water - TodayFM;

FG And FF Inch Towards Compromise On Water - TodayFM

TodayFMFG And FF Inch Towards Compromise On WaterTodayFMFine Gael and Fianna Fáil may be moving towards a compromise that could avoid a government collapse over water charges. Both of the parties have made new submissions this afternoon to the oireachtas committee on the future of water charges. On their ...and more »

Revenue should refund Irish Water customers, Fianna Fáil insists - Irish Independent;

Revenue should refund Irish Water customers, Fianna Fáil insists - Irish Independent

Irish IndependentRevenue should refund Irish Water customers, Fianna Fáil insistsIrish IndependentFianna Fáil has called for the Revenue Commissioners to be tasked with refunding Irish Water customers who paid their bills over the last two years. In its submission to the Oireachtas Committee on the Oireachtas Committee on the future funding of ...and more »

Latest: Fianna Fáil make water charges submission that may end stand-off with Fine Gael - BreakingNews.ie;

Latest: Fianna Fáil make water charges submission that may end stand-off with Fine Gael - BreakingNews.ie

BreakingNews.ieLatest: Fianna Fáil make water charges submission that may end stand-off with Fine GaelBreakingNews.ieUpdate - 2.15pm: A deal could be agreed between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to end the stand-off over water charges which this week threatened to topple the minority government. Both parties today lodged their submissions to the Oireachtas Committee on ...and more »

FF water paper: Refunds, no charges, no new meters - RTE.ie;

FF water paper: Refunds, no charges, no new meters - RTE.ie

RTE.ieFF water paper: Refunds, no charges, no new metersRTE.ieFianna Fáil has said excessive water usage can be identified and curbed by using existing water framework and the use of district water meters. In its policy paper submission to the Oireachtas Future Funding of Domestic Water Services Committee, the ...and more »

Existing Laws Sufficient To Tackle Wasteful Water Use – Cowen - Midlands103;

Existing Laws Sufficient To Tackle Wasteful Water Use – Cowen - Midlands103

Midlands103Existing Laws Sufficient To Tackle Wasteful Water Use – CowenMidlands103Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen insists there is no need to bring in a new charge for those who waste water. The Offaly TD says the existing laws allow Irish Water to take people to court and issue fines of up to €5,000 for such behaviour. An Oireachtas ...and more »

Breen Admits Mistakes Were Made Over Water Charges - Clare FM;

Breen Admits Mistakes Were Made Over Water Charges - Clare FM

Clare FMBreen Admits Mistakes Were Made Over Water ChargesClare FMPat Breen is commenting as reports today suggest that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have reached a compromise – following a week of turmoil on the issue. It's believed households will get back up to 325 euro under the deal. CONTINUE READING BELOW.and more »

Close to one millions households are set for a €325 refund on their water charges - Irish Mirror;

Close to one millions households are set for a €325 refund on their water charges - Irish Mirror

Irish MirrorClose to one millions households are set for a €325 refund on their water chargesIrish MirrorFine Gael and Fianna Fail have been at odds over the future of the hated tax, but Housing Minister Simon Coveney has now accepted that there is little point in chasing people with unpaid bills. Mr Coveney previously said non-payers should be pursued ...and more »

Cash back: Government set to issue refunds to all those who paid their water charges - http://theliberal.ie/ (press release) (blog);

Cash back: Government set to issue refunds to all those who paid their water charges - http://theliberal.ie/ (press release) (blog)

http://theliberal.ie/ (press release) (blog)Cash back: Government set to issue refunds to all those who paid their water chargeshttp://theliberal.ie/ (press release) (blog)There could be god news for thousands of Irish households as it has been reported that the Irish Government will offer refunds to all those who paid their water charges. The much talked about rebate costing in the region of €140m will come after the ...and more »

Householders Set For Cash Injection In Deal On Water Charges - Clare FM;

Householders Set For Cash Injection In Deal On Water Charges - Clare FM

Clare FMHouseholders Set For Cash Injection In Deal On Water ChargesClare FMHouseholders could be set for a cash injection in a deal reached on water charges. According to the Irish Independent, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have reached a compromise, which would see families receive refunds of up to 325 euro. The special ...and more »

Households to get €325 in water bill refunds - Irish Independent;

Households to get €325 in water bill refunds - Irish Independent

Irish IndependentHouseholds to get €325 in water bill refundsIrish IndependentAlmost one million households can expect water charge refunds of up to €325 as part of a compromise between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. The two parties remain at loggerheads over the total abolition of charges - but Housing Minister Simon Coveney now ...and more »

Households Who Paid Water Charges To Get Their Money Back - 98FM;

Households Who Paid Water Charges To Get Their Money Back - 98FM

98FMHouseholds Who Paid Water Charges To Get Their Money Back98FMAccording to the Irish Independent Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have reached a deal which would see families receive refunds of up to €325. A special Dail committee has given parties until later today to decide if we should be charged for excessive use.and more »

Noel Whelan: Fianna Fáil are wrong on water charges - Irish Times;

Noel Whelan: Fianna Fáil are wrong on water charges - Irish Times

Irish TimesNoel Whelan: Fianna Fáil are wrong on water chargesIrish TimesThe Government has always had reason to beware the Ides of this March. It was inevitable that the issue of water charges would re-emerge to endanger its survival in the coming weeks. In May last year Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael negotiators, having spent ...and more »

Fianna Fáil contradicts Attorney General's warning of legal action from EU - Irish Independent;

Fianna Fáil contradicts Attorney General's warning of legal action from EU - Irish Independent

Irish IndependentFianna Fáil contradicts Attorney General's warning of legal action from EUIrish IndependentFianna Fáil's legal advice on the issue of water charges contradicts the ruling laid down by the Attorney General Máire Whelan. The party's advice, seen by the Irish Independent, states that EU member states have a "wide discretion" in relation to the ...and more »