Jim Tenanty has welcomed the news that Irish Water are to refund customers who paid the controversial water charges first introduced in 2015 – charges that have since been abolished.
On Thursday, it was confirmed that refunds would be issued to all who paid Irish Water bills, with the vast majority set to receives cheques before Christmas. Around 990,000 customers nationwide will receive payments, as soon as the required legislation is passed by government.
Back in February, Tenanty tabled a motion at an Ardee Municipal District meeting on the issue of water charges. He asked that the council ‘ask the Government to reconsider a refund of these citizens who have paid their water charges, in the interest of fairness and goodwill. Most of these good law abiding people paid thinking the majority had intended to pay.’
He has now expressed his happiness at this week’s news. Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie, Tenanty said, “I think it’s great. It was very unfair on the people that had paid. I know it’s going to cost a lot but it’s good that they’re actually giving money back.
“I know older people would be more law-abiding and would pay whatever. They’d be afraid of people knocking on their door. This will be great for them. Some of them wouldn’t have the heart to ask for it back,” he continued. “It’s a little bit extra before Christmas. It’s only right people get it back.”
Customers water usage will begin being monitored in 2018 with a view to rolling out excessive usage water charges in 2019.