John Mullins, chief executive of Bord Gáis, which is in charge of Irish Water, last week said it would take 2½ to three years to fully install meters in the 1.05 million eligible homes.
However, the company has now confirmed to the Irish Times that just over 75 per cent of homes are likely to have meters installed by the end of 2015 and that all qualifying homes would not have meters until the end of 2016.
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan last April said universal metering would be in place for the introduction of charges in 2014 with the installation of meters starting by the end of this year.
It has now emerged that just 160,000 meters will have been installed by the beginning of 2014 and the type of meter will not be chosen until next year.
Read the full story in today’s Irish Times.