Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Q: Will water charges be the last kick of austerity for Irish people?

Nicky McFadden:  Her sister Gabrielle said she will contest the by-election caused by Ms McFadden’s death. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nicky McFadden’s sister is fulfilling a promise to her late sister

In reaction to bank case Sinn Féin says outcome would lead to ‘mixed emotions’

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Labour says ‘substantial differences’ remain on broad outline for charges

File image of Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Latest row between Labour and FG about procedure rather than substance

The annual standing charge for water will be €50 per house, or less, with the average yearly bill expected to come in below €300, The Irish Times has learned After years of austerity, water charges are the last big ticket item of painful adjustment

Cabinet fails to agree on deal as householders to face annual bill of €240

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter with Gerry Smith, president of the Association of Garda Superintendents, at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Association of Garda Superintendents. Photograph: Collins

Minster feared politicians could ‘hide’ behind independent body

The annual standing charge for water will be €50 per house, or less, with the average yearly bill expected to come in below €300, The Irish Times has learned After years of austerity, water charges are the last big ticket item of painful adjustment

Government expects average household usage charge to be less than €300

Alan Shatter: “I am very happy that we have a statutory commission of inquiry and I am very happy that all of those issues are addressed there”

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