Out of the septic tank and into hot water

The Department of the Environment is being accused of a 'hat trick of disasters' in the run-up to the fiscal treaty vote, writes Niamh Connolly.

21st April, 2012
Out of the septic tank and into hot water
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has come under fire for his handling of the introduction of water charges. Photo: Thinkstock

Labour TDs have reacted angrily to the handling of the water charges issue last week and will call on minister Pat Rabbitte to ensure that those unable to pay will not have their water turned off.

Labour Senator John Whelan said the handling of the septic tanks, household charges and water charges was a "hat trick of disasters" by the Department of Environment.

Labour deputies privately believe that Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan should...

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