The Government “misled” the public on the likely level of water charges to be imposed on households, according to TD Brian Stanley.
“The Taoiseach said it would be around €240 per annum. It now transpires that, for a household with two adults, the average cost will be €278, nearly 20% more than we were led to believe,” he said.
Deputy Stanley said that for a household with four adults the cost will be an average of €482. He claimed that many will pay vastly more than this after 2016 when the average costs will rise to €594.
“With €180 million wasted setting up this giant quango and €500 million more spent on installing water meters, householders are paying the price for the corporate monster that is Irish Water,” he concluded.