Ahearn won’t be drawn on water charges

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Tipperary Senator Garret Ahearn says additional funding will have to be found for Irish Water.

However he would not be drawn on whether or not this would mean a return to water charges.

Tipperary County Council CEO Joe MacGrath is due to meet with officials from Irish Water later this month in a bid to secure additional funding for infrastructure in the county.

Speaking to Fran Curry on Tipp Today he said the constant problems with supplies need to be tackled.

Senator Ahearn: “Well I think it’s inevitable that we’re going to have to find extra funding for Irish Water – it can’t continue the way it is. I mean Clonmel is a typical example where there’s leaks, there’s outages, businesses have no water.”

“Funding is a massive issue so we need to figure out a way.”

Fran: “So will there be water charges?”

Senator Ahearn: “Well I don’t think we’ll go back to the water charges debate.”