FG and Labour clash over Irish Water

A serious row has emerged between Fine Gael and Labour this morning over the Government's plans for water charges.

Labour ministers are understood to be furious at the plans tabled by Environment Minister Phil Hogan.

Party sources have said the plans are "half baked", with little or no details on special allowances for children or people with specific medical needs.

Labour are also angry at attempts by Fine Gael to push through the proposals without any discussion at the cabinet's sub-committee on economic affairs.

It is understood the charge to come in at around €240 per-annum (based on an average annual usage per person of 55,000 litres), which is less than the €300 figure circulated in recent weeks, with a standing charge of around €50.

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