Labour publishes legislation calling for water bill refunds if charges suspended

A suspension is expected at the end of the current billing cycle in June

Labour publishes legislation calling for water bill refunds if charges suspended

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A Labour TD says he is prepared to launch a legal challenge to makes sure Irish Water customers are refunded their bills.

Willie Penrose - who is also a barrister - says he is ready to mount a challenge if law-abiding customers aren't refunded.

The party has today published legislation which would refund all paid bills in the event that charges are suspended.

Deputy Penrose says refunding the previous bills is the fairest way to treat all citizens, saying "we cannot allow a situation where people complying with the law of the land are left feeling they have been mugged".

It is believed that the suspension of charges will begin in June, at the end of the current billing cycle.

An external advisory body will be established to advise a special Oireachtas committee on “measures needed to improve the transparency and accountability of Irish Water”.

The charges are expected to be suspended for nine months, while an expert commission examines and issues recommendations on the future funding of water services.