President Higgins signs Water Services Bill into law

Áras an Uachtaráin says requests were received to refer legislation to the people

President Michael D Higgins signed the Water Services Bill into law after giving it careful consideration, a statement said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins signed the Water Services Bill into law after giving it careful consideration, a statement said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

 

President Higgins has today signed into law the Water Services Bill which will allow the water charges to come into effect from next week.

A statement issued from Áras an Uachtaráin today said:

“President Michael D Higgins, having given careful consideration to all aspects of the Bill and the submissions he received, today signed the Water Services Bill 2014.”

The statement added that the President had received a number of submissions about the Bill including a number of requests to refer the Bill to the people for decision under Article 27 of Bunreacht na hÉireann.

However, the statement added: “Article 27 of Bunreacht na hÉireann applies only where Bills have been deemed by virtue of Article 23 of Bunreacht na hÉireann to have been passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas.

“Article 27 of Bunreacht na hÉireann therefore did not apply in this case. The President gave consideration to the Bill, taking into account Bunreacht na hÉireann including Article 26 and the submissions received.”