Fianna Fáil general election in Kerry Norma Moriarty has called on the Government to extend the deadline for applications for the water grant. Irish Water is being inundated with calls from members of the public trying to apply before the October 8th deadline.
Councillor Moriarty said: “There has been real confusion among older people about the complicated nature of getting the €100 water grant whereby residents have to provide seven different pieces of information in order to get the payment. Irish Water has seen a massive increase in the volume of calls it’s receiving from the public about this. In order to give more time to ease the pressure on Irish Water staff and people trying to meet tomorrow’s deadline I am asking Irish Water to extend this deadline and allow more time.
“Deadlines have been extended in the past where there have been significant volumes of calls. The number of people trying to get in touch with Irish Water about the water grant is now impacting on their IT system.
“I know older people in particular have been confused about the application process which requires people to have their Water Point Reference Number and Irish Water account number among seven different pieces of information. It’s quite an onerous process for some people to get through.
“This water grant is a gimmick and the whole government approach to Irish Water, water charges and the grant has been a fiasco from the outset.
“It’s clear the Government’s disastrous handling of Irish water has completely undermined their entire water policy. The water grant is a gimmick to try to win over public support for water charges but the Government has even managed to bungle this as well.”