Water charges can’t be abolished under EU rules

Water charges can’t be abolished under EU rules

Sources reveal the hated levy cannot be scrapped without breaching directive

A future government will be unable to scrap water charges without breaching the EU’s water directive, it has emerged.

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Anti-Austerity Alliance have all declared that they will put a stop to the charges, which were introduced last January.

But according to a water industry source, water charges cannot be abolished without running the risk of breaching the EU’s Water Framework Directive, which has been...

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