Housing minister doesn’t want ‘to make a fool of people’ who paid water charges

The Minister for Housing says he wants to build communities as opposed to just housing estates.

He has also says he in no way wants ‘to make a fool of people’ who have paid their water charges but instead find a workable solution by assessing the details of a new report this week.


Fine Gael Minister Simon Coveney launched the €44m East Sligo Regeneration Masterplan at a special event in Cranmore last night.

He then met with Fine Gael politicians locally in Sligo to discuss grassroots issues including the controversy around the water charges.

Minister Coveney made reference to former governments who ‘built housing estates on the edges of towns’ with no facilities. He will visit county Leitrim today and view an estate in Kinlough.

He says the vision that this regeneration plan has developed – is what he wants to build on in other areas:

Clarifying his comments yesterday that he does not support the notion of refunding everyone who has paid their water charges, he told Ocean FM last night that he in no way intends to ‘make a fool of people’ who have paid.

He says it’s the oireachtas committee’s job now to see how the unpaid money by those who refuse to pay can be recouped: