State rejects consumer agency role on Irish Water

Irish Water will not be forced to deal with the National Consumer Agency (NCA) after the government rejected the watchdog's proposal to get involved.

23rd February, 2014
Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment. Picture: Provision

Irish Water will not be forced to deal with the National Consumer Agency (NCA) after the government rejected the watchdog's proposal to get involved.

The agency wanted to be given the legal power to act as a ''strong, credible and visible independent body to represent the interests of consumers who will be paying water charges.

It had argued households should initially be given a free water allowance which was reasonably close to the average water...

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