Tanaiste rules out water charges for next January

The Tanaiste and the Junior Finance Minister have indicated that water charges will not come into effect next January.

It's understood ministers are concerned about a possible backlash from the public about the new tax coming so soon after the introduction of the controversial property tax.

But Eamon Gilmore and Brian Hayes say the metering system will not be in place by next January - and therefore it's unlikely water charges will be implemented by then.

This is in contrast to what the Environment Minister Phil Hogan said last week.