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Saturday 10 December 2016

Deadline for €100 water grant extended

Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly

THE deadline for the water conservation grant has been extended by two weeks after hundreds of thousands of homes looked set to miss out on the €100 payment.

Additional helpline numbers were made available to Irish Water customers after a late surge in households seeking to register for the grant ahead of last night's midnight deadline.

But Environment Minister Alan Kelly said yesterday that the deadline would be extended by two weeks, with a new close-off date October 22.

He said the decision had been made in agreement with Tanaiste Joan Burton, whose Department of Social Protection is responsible for the administration of the grant.

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"The last few days have seen a very high number of applications for the water conservation grant," said Mr Kelly.

"Conservation is one of the Government's main objectives in reforming the public water system, and I am keen to facilitate as many applications as possible.

"Therefore, I have agreed with my colleague, Tanaiste Joan Burton, to allow applications for an extra two weeks."

Ms Burton said resources would continue to be put in place to support the water conservation grant helpline teams.

It is not the first time the Government has rowed back on a deadline, with the registration for Irish Water extended a number of times.

More than 795,000 households had registered for the payment by yesterday evening, though nearly 1.3 million homes are eligible.

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