Cabinet facing crunch decision on water body

The setting up of a new national water company seems set to be accompanied by a rise in water bills, writes John Burke.

22nd January, 2012
Cabinet facing crunch decision on water body
Dublin City Council workers repairing water pipes in Inchicore, Dublin Photo: Feargal Ward

The government has a big decision to make in the coming weeks which will determine the speed and efficiency of its proposed reform of Irish water services. It may choose to set up a new national water company which would be entirely self-contained. Or it may decide to 'embed' Irish Water into an existing semi-state company.

Whatever choice is made, environment minister Phil Hogan has said the government is committed to delivering a national water...

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