The price of water

 

Sir, – I would like to disabuse your readers and correspondents of the notion that the troika is responsible for the introduction of water charges.

In 2000, Ireland signed the EU Water Framework Directive into law. Article 16 of that directive requires the introduction of domestic water charges. The directive has to be implemented in full by 2015 and domestic water charges are one of the final pieces still outstanding. The last government signed us up for water charges, leaving this Government to implement them. – Yours, etc,

RACHEL CAVE,

Knocknacarra,

Galway.

Sir, – Is Irish Water just a cover for the greatest homeopathic experiment in the history of mankind? What happens to Government popularity when you dilute happiness to 1/50,000 parts per millilitre? – Yours, etc,

DERMOT O’ROURKE,

Lucan,

Co Dublin.