Some homes will have ‘flat’ water rate imposed

A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment says around 300 thousand homes will be unable to have a water meter installed - during the inital roll out of the scheme.

But the Department expects that figure will be much lower as the scheme continues - and that the exact number will be a matter for Irish Water.

It comes following reports that a third of Irish homes will have to pay a flat charge - because a meter can't be installed in their house or apartment for logistical reasons.

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald says the flat rate water charge for some homes is necessary - because the Government has to get the economy on track as soon as possible.......