Irish Water contractors have removed five water meters from a Cork housing estate at the centre of a month-long water meter blockade.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended the (average) €240 water charge as a water-saving measure.
The Tánaiste says the Government has made significant progress in reaching a deal on water charges.
“THE longer this goes on, the more resolute we are becoming — there is fierce determination to resist Irish Water.”
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is standing firm that there will be no flat charge for water and has hinted a price freeze on the cost to households.
Irish Water contractors have left an estate in Raheny in Dublin this morning after local residents staged a protest over the installation of water meters.
Government Ministers have strongly criticised a number of protests against the installation of water meters.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has confirmed that Labour will not sign off on water charges without allowances for families on low incomes.