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Varadkar says water charges will be refunded before end of year

17 Juillet 2017

Nearly a million households who paid their water charges can expect to get their money back this Autumn.

Close to one million customers of Irish Water paid, or partially paid, water charges before they were ended.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Independent, Varadkar said that around €170 million was needed to pay everyone back and that the payments will begin before the end of the year.

It has been revealed today that the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar plans in issuing water charge refunds before the end of the year.

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"There's a cost. There are logistical issues as to how it's going to be done by Irish Water". And it may also require legislation.

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy said it is his responsibility to make sure people get their refunds of water charges. "But we intend to do it in the autumn".

It is unclear what money will go to refunding the charges, but Varadkar and Government sources have suggested that it may not come from Budget 2018 funds.

Varadkar says water charges will be refunded before end of year