Water charges set to be scrapped for foreseeable future
Water charges are set to be scrapped for the foreseeable future as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil finally close in on a deal that will see Enda Kenny re-elected as Taoiseach.
Talks between the two parties are making significant progress tonight with sources in both parties suggesting the country may finally have a new government within days.
Independent.ie reports that Fine Gael has agreed to suspend water charges while a commission of experts draw up a report on how best to re-introduce them and encourage conservation
It is anticipated that the commission would take up to nine months to complete its work before making a submission to an all-party Oireachtas committee.
That committee will then be in a position to call its own witnesses and tease out the deal of the commission’s work before making a recommendation to the Dáil.
TDs will then have to vote on how to fund the country’s water infrastructure.
No definitive timeline has been set agreed for when the committee would finish its work but one senior sources suggested tonight the issue should be resolved by summer 2017.
“A deal is close. There has been a breakthrough on water,” a source said.