Ireland: Water charges climbdown

  • The Irish government has announced changes to the country's controversial new water charges.
  • New set up sees total yearly cost for household of one adult capped at €60.
  • The cap for all other households will be €160; both caps in place until 2019. 
  • Fine Gael government also promised to ensure a  referendum would be required if any future government wished to take Irish Water private.