Billing of water charges to be suspended next week

Nine-month suspension to billing does not affect existing arrears, says Simon Coveney

Fianna Fáil local government spokesman Barry Cowen said the Government needed to “to end the failed [water charges] regime”. File photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil local government spokesman Barry Cowen said the Government needed to “to end the failed [water charges] regime”. File photograph: Getty Images

Billing for water charges will be suspended for nine months from next week following the introduction of legislation in the Dáil.

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney said the Water Services (Amendment) Bill provided for a “straightforward suspension” from July 1st.

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