Those who paid their water bills cannot be treated unfairly, a senior Cabinet member has said today.
The Government says a decision on whether to reimburse people who paid their water charges will have to be made by the Special Oireachtas Committee within three months
A Fine Gael minister says he believes there should not be refunds for those who paid water charges.
Taosieach Enda Kenny has said he "does not want to commit" to refunding water charges until after a special Oireachtas Committee looks into the issue, writes Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner Political Reporter in Palo Alto.
The Minister with responsibility for water charges is sticking by his calls for water bills not to be refunded.
The Minister for Finance has tonight raised the possibility that water bills could be refunded for those who have already paid.
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has said we need to keep some form of water charges to be fair to those who paid their bills.
A new report by the expert commission looking at the future funding of water has recommended that the vast majority of people will not pay for water, write Daniel McConnell and Juno McEnroe for the Irish Examiner.
The Anti Austerity Alliance has called for water charges to be abolished - completely.
Update: 2.20pm The Dáil has voted to set up a special Oireachtas committee to decide the future of water charges.
Raw sewage is still being pumped into Ireland's waterways, with 29 larges towns and cities around the country failing to meet EU standards.
More than 100 public water supplies serving 830,000 people are at risk of being contaminated by dangerous bugs and bacteria, authorities have warned.
The Government says it has made no Budget provisions to cover the cost of water next year - because it is working on the basis charges will return.
The Dáil will debate another motion from Sinn Féin this afternoon to scrap water charges.
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin has denied making a u-turn over the party's position on water charges.
Update 1.50pm: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has today denied claims of a u-turn over Irish Water.
Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne has said he believes water charges are gone and will not be back.
Thousands of people are expected to take part in a national demonstration against water charges in Dublin this afternoon.
Latest: Environment Minister Denis Naughten has said people need to pay for wasting water.
Sinn Féin is renewing its call for water charges to be scrapped.