Tag Archives: Environment Minister

WaterTax

Households can beat the water charges cap by conserving water, insists Minister Kelly

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has said that if people save 10-15% of water they use, they can “beat the cap” attached to water charges and that a meter “can only save a household money”. Single-adult households are set to pay €160 a year in water charges, while all other households will pay €260. The charges [...]

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Environment Minister Phil Hogan

Hogan insists water charges will not cost over €1,000 a year

Environment Minister Phil Hogan has denied that water charges could eventually cost over €1,000 per household. He was replying to Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins, who accused the Government of being more interested in introducing another local tax rather than conserving water. “Along with property tax, water charges will increase to over €1,000 per household, [...]

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property tax

Unfinished developments not given property tax waivers despite recommendations

Almost 150 unfinished housing developments were not given waivers from the controversial local property tax, despite being recommended for whole or part exemptions by their local authority. Documents released to the Irish Examiner under the Freedom of Information Act show that city and county councils across the country proposed more than 560 estates for exemptions [...]

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property tax

Just one in five have paid property tax to date

Just one in five homeowners have paid their property tax to date, just days before the deadline passes for postal forms to be returned. The Department of Finance confirmed yesterday that €22.2m had been collected from compliant homeowners so far – well short of the €250m target. Just 332,500 have so far registered to pay [...]

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Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan

Irish Water will not be sold to private sector, insists Hogan

The new utility company being set up to oversee household water supplies and charges will not be sold off to the private sector, Environment Minister Phil Hogan has insisted. Irish Water, which will operate under Bord Gáis, will be tasked with installing and running a metered network by the end of 2014. The minister insisted [...]

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Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan

100 new houses pledged for Limerick

One hundred new houses will be built in disadvantaged parts of Limerick this year under the city’s regeneration scheme, the government has said.Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan said money would be made available for the construction of homes in Vizes Court, Wallers Well, Southill, Lord Edward Street and College Avenue, Moyross. Last month, her Cabinet colleague and [...]

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Sign-ups to the household charge have been slow to date but the LGMA insist they are happy with how it is progressing

LGMA “happy” with household charge sign-ups despite just 68,000 registrations

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) – the group responsible for collecting the household charge – say they are “happy” with the number of people who have signed up for the controversial charge to date. The household charge was introduced on January 1st and is a flat fee of €100 for all 1.6 million households [...]

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A septic tank

Government to force through Septic Tank Bill

The Government is to force its controversial Septic Tank Bill through Committee stage next week, without allowing adequate time for questions or debate about inspection standards and costs. Fianna Fáil Environment spokesperson Niall Collins has expressed his outrage at the Environment Minister’s refusal to confirm what standards will apply for the inspection of over 400,000 [...]

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