Irish Water to start charging for excess use from January 2019

The firm said a public consultation will be carried out to determine what makes excess usage


Irish Water is to impose charges for excess water use from January 2019.

But the utility provider said bills for overuse will not be issued until July 1.

Rules relating to charges will be decided by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

The Water Services Act 2017 states charges to domestic customers will only apply where the volume of water consumed exceeds the 213,000 litres annually.

Irish Water said a public consultation will be carried out to determine what makes excess usage.

A new report from the Commission for Regulation of Utilities confirmed the suspension of water charges will continue until December 31 2018.

Original article; Irish Mirror, Feb 9, 2017

CER announces extension of water charges plan to 31 December 2017

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) announced on 10 August 2017 that it approved Irish Waters Charges Plan update that extends the deadline for suspension of domestic water charges to 31 December 2017.


The announcement made on CER website states:

The CER has today, 10 August 2017, published an updated version of Irish Water’s Water Charges Plan. This document has been approved by the CER. 
The document has been updated by Irish Water to reflect an extension (through legislation) of the period for which domestic water charges are suspended. The period of suspension has been extended by five months to 31 December 2017. Please note that this Water Charges Plan does not reflect the Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services, published last April. Further amendments to the Water Charges Plan may be required at a later date pending the legislative changes anticipated following that report.
Today’s publication, 10 August 2017, supersedes any previous Water Charges Plans.
For details regarding the legislation which provided for the extension to 31 December 2017, please see the Water Services Act 2014 (Extension of Suspension of Domestic Water Charges) (Amendment) Order 2017 or S.I No. 330 of 2017.
Charges were originally suspended to 31 March 2017 by the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2016, and this was subsequently extended to 31 July 2017 by Water Services Act 2014 (Extension of Suspension of Domestic Water Charges) Order 2017 or S.I. No. 118 of 2017. These pieces of legislation are available on



New Evidence bombshell - Sinn Féin spearheaded water charges in Europe while campaigning for abolition at home

by James Quigley & Enda Graig

New evidence was posted on the facebook page by Michael Mooney, Letterkenny, last week. The evidence shows Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin MEP, proposing a progressive water charge in the the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 8th September 2015.

This new evidence contradicts denials by Ms Boylan which appeared onRTE News on 9th Sept 2015,  ‘Boylan denies Sinn Féin backed water charges in European Parliament’.  At the time anti water activists took the explanation at face value because the accusation came from a Fine Gael MEP.  However, what this irrefutable evidence now shows is that while Sinn Féin was campaigning for the abolition of water charges and metering in Ireland they were the driving force for them in Europe.

The video shows Ms Boylan’s attempting to amend paragraph 92 of the European Citiizen’s Initiative Right2Water A8-0228/2015 . Ms Boylan was the main rapporteur of the original report and as such was responsible for preparing and presenting it to parliament. Her amendment was not successful, however, her original report including paragraph 92 was accepted.

Sinn Féin MEPs at the European Citizens' Initiative Right2Water vote in Strasbourg 8th Sept, 2015


Ms Boylan’s proposed amendment was;

″Mr President, I just have said to the Tabling Committee that we want to put forward an oral amendment for paragraph 92 and the amendment is;
calls on the Member States to introduce, in accordance with World Health Organisation guidelines, a pricing policy by the application of a progressive charge that safeguards people’s right to access a minimum quantity of water for living and reduces waste.″


Paragraph 92 of original report that was passed states;

‘Calls on the Member States to introduce, in accordance with World Health Organisation guidelines, a pricing policy that respects people’s right to a minimum quantity of water for living and cracks down on waste, providing for the application of a progressive charge that is proportional to the amount of water used;’


The smoking Gun

Michael Mooney, provided a link to the full European Parliament vote and included the following statement.
“WE presented it in black & white, now we present it in colour. This makes for a horrendous 35 seconds of viewing. Now we have the chief suspect NAILED for planting the bomb on our exemption from water charges. But she has many accomplices that didn't expect our investigations to uncover their cunning plan of deceit and betrayal on their own people. Firstly she denied knowledge of this paragraph. Secondly she was caught lying about having no knowledge as she tried to have it amended. Thirdly she and her accomplices still voted for it!”


Sources: Michael Mooney facebook
               Lynn Boylan amendment and links to European Citizens' Initiative

Buncrana Together

Based on this evidence we would say that if the Oireachtas Committee on Funding Domestic Water was a court of law we would be entitled to call a mistrial and sack the anti water charges representatives who comprised 25% of it's members.   With representatives like this it's no wonder we got the result we did.  Now it looks like the Oireachtas Committee was hobbled before it even got started, possibly preordained and prearranged by political parties. 

What sticks out a mile was the omission of Article 9.4 of the Water Framework Directive known as 'the Irish Exemption' in the final report of Oireachtas Committee.  This was what Mr Mooney referred to as 'planting a bomb on our exemption'.  Sinn Féin's support for water charges in Europe and the 9.4 Exemption is mutually exclusive.