You might even have to pay a rental fee for the meter - after you have paid for it to be installed?
Talk about really making you pay again and again!
Part of the said (long) article:
Levying the cost of water meters on homeowners will increase the pressure on Phil Hogan, the environment minister, whose job it is to “sell” water charges to the public. Hogan has struggled to convince homeowners to sign up to the new household charge, the precursor to a property tax. Of the estimated 1.72m homes eligible to pay, just 890,000 had signed up by the end of last week.
Yesterday, Niall Collins, the Fianna Fail environment spokesman, said the government should have been honest with voters before last year’s general election if it intended them to pay for their meters as well as for water. “This amounts to the latest instalment of deceit and deception by the government parties in introducing their suite of back-door charges,” he said.
Joe Higgins, the Socialist party leader, said the charges for meters would “just further intensify” the opposition to the household and water levies. He said estimates by the Commission on Taxation and the ESRI suggest the two levies could exceed €1,000 a year when fully applied to the average home.
The department said it would be up to a future water regulator whether to allow homeowners to pay a monthly rental charge instead of an annual fee for their meter. Each household is to be given a “generous” free annual allocation of water, with charges being imposed only once they exceed that allocation.
By the way, was at the Galway protest yesterday and what was shown on RTE was NOTHING like what really was happening there.
There was over 2000+ protesters up there and they while loud at the front, all except for a few less than ten, were of peaceful nature - but that didn't stop RTE from clever editing and portraying the whole lot as a bunch of thugs!
...When in fact the thugs were inside the building on their political podiums.