Government reimburses Donegal County Council for reaching household charge targets

Just over 300 thousand euro, withheld from Donegal County Council in penalties for non-collection of the household charge is to be reimbursed by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

Mr Hogan had refused to pay out the full Local Government Fund allocation to a number of local authorities who failed to collect at least 65 per cent of the charge introduced last year.

However, all city and county councils have now bridged the gap and a national compliance rate of 76 per cent was reached this week.

Donegal County Council was the last over the line and has now reached a payment rate of almost 66 per cent.

The local authority, having had the biggest non-payment rate, is getting the largest rebate, with €309,458 now being paid out.