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TD Claims State Lost €22M By Introducing Water Charges.

It's been claimed the state lost €22 million by introducing water charges.

The Dáil's been debating the Water Services Bill 2016, which suspends water charges while an expert commission is set up.

Fianna Fáil Laois/Kildare South Deputy Sean Fleming also said it may be cheaper to repay those who've paid their Irish Water bills than to chase those who haven't through the courts.

He says the level of expenditure seen on Irish Water must stop:

Brexit: North Kildare Chamber Announces Briefing Seminar For Members.

The North Kildare Chamber of Commerce has announced a briefing seminar for its 400 members on the likely implications of the UK's exit from the European Union.

NKCC members employ, between them, 37,000 people, and many of its firms are exporters to the UK and beyond.

The event will be held in the Osprey Hotel, Naas, on July 13th at 7.30am,

 

Console Assures Service Users Its Counselling Services Remain Available.

The staff at Celbridge based charity, Console, have thanked people for their patience and say their counselling and helpline services will remain available as normal.

The chief executive Paul Kelly and several directors of the charity resigned last night, following allegations of deception and mis-management, in a report by the RTÉ Investigations Unit on Prime Time.

The report revealed concerns about the charity, which provides counselling for people bereaved by suicide.

It says, that when applying for state grants, the charity on several occasions altered accounts.

Dail Told It May Be Cheaper To Refund Water Bill Than Pursue Non-Payers.

The Dáil's been told it may be cheaper to repay those who've paid their Irish Water bills than to chase those who haven't through the courts.

Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on Public Sector Reform was speaking during a debate on the Water Services Bill 2016, which suspends the imposition of water charges while an expert commission is set up.

Laois/Kildare South  TD, Sean Fleming, says it would take many months for the courts to deal with those who haven't paid, and the cost involved wouldn't make it worthwhile:

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