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

Water 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 ...

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

There 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 ...

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

The 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 ...

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

Minister 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 ...

Solving water row may take months - Irish Examiner

A 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 ...

Ireland's leader in waiting? - The Kerryman

During 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 ...

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

Fine 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 ...

FG And FF Inch Towards Compromise On Water - TodayFM

Fine 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 ...

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

Fianna 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 ...

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

Update - 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 ...

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

Fianna 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 ...

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

Fianna 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 ...

Breen Admits Mistakes Were Made Over Water Charges - Clare FM

Pat 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.

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

Fine 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 ...

Cash back: Government set to issue refunds to all those who paid their water charges - http://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 ...

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

Householders 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 ...

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

Almost 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 ...

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

According 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.

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

The 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 ...

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

Fianna 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 ...