New tension over water charges

The proposed water charge is just one of the sticking-points threatening future problems between Fine Gael and Labour, writes Niamh Connolly

28th May, 2011
New tension over water charges
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The divisions between Labour and Fine Gael are not restricted to disagreements on joint labour committees - there is also a row brewing on a proposed charge for households across the country.

Phil Hogan, the Fine Gael environment minister, has made it clear that he wants to introduce an ‘‘interim household utility charge’’ to help fund local authorities.

The proposed charge, estimated to amount to €200 per household, has been flagged...

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