Minister for Housing Simon Coveney will have the power to suspend water charges for an unlimited period under a new law.
The Water Services Amendment Bill, which is due before the Dáil this week, will suspend water charges for a nine-month period between April 1 and December 31.
But it gives Coveney the power to extend the suspension of charges beyond December 31 for an unlimited period if political agreement cannot be reached in time...
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