Environment Minister says Ireland doesn’t have an EU loophole to avoid water charges

Irish Water logoThe Environment Minister says Ireland doesn't have an EU loophole to avoid water charges.

Alan Kelly has denied that there's a rule in EU law which exempts Ireland from charging houses for water.

It's been claimed that Ireland secured a loophole when water charges were introduced at EU level in the last decade.

But Minister Kelly says Ireland lost that loophole when it entered the Troika programme: