An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised that the government will begin paying back householders who paid the water charges within a number of weeks.
Almost one million households across the country paid the controversial water charges bill that was introduced by Fine Gael, and the new Taoiseach has moved to promise those who paid the fee that they will get their money back in the autumn.
According to the Sunday Independent, some homeowners will receive up to €325 of a refund, and it will come within a few weeks rather than waiting until money is set aside in Budget 2018.
"They'll get their money back. They'll be refunded this autumn. We're gearing up to do that," he told the Sunday Independent.
"There's a cost. There are logistical issues as to how it's going to be done by Irish Water. And it may also require legislation. But we intent to do it in the autumn. It's not going to be a Budget announcement."
All households will be paid back by the beginning of the year according to Mr Varadkar, who also said that his government will re-evaluate the property tax.
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