A new later date of Q4 2014 for the introduction of water charges is contained in the latest memorandum published by the Department of Finance as part of Ireland’s bailout programme.
Since the last such publication, the EU/EC/IMF team has discussed with the Irish authorities a likely date for the introduction of water charges, given that the installation of metering has yet to begin.
In the latest memorandum, the ninth update published as part of the bailout programme, the Government says it will by the end of this year announce a definitive timeplan for the introduction of domestic water charges in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Originally the charges were to have been in place by the beginning of 2014.
“Consultations will be carried out to determine the framework for water charges,” the document says.