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Human Rights, National

All Irish Water customers who paid their recent bills by Direct Debit are entitled to reclaim the monies from their bank account.

According to the Banking Payments Federation Ireland website and the SEPA scheme documentation, banks are obliged to refund monies collected by Direct Debit provided the claim for such refund is made within eight weeks of the Direct Debit being collected.

A customer would need to demand the refund through their own bank and the bank is obliged to refund the money with no questions asked.  See below extract from the Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland Website.

Consumer Rights

The SEPA Direct Debit Core Scheme Rules and the SEPA Regulation 260-2012 make provisions for the following consumer rights, effective 1 Feb 2014:

  • Use a single account to pay a SEPA Direct Debit in any SEPA country
  • Instruct their bank to refuse a SEPA Direct Debit
  • Prohibit the application of any SEPA Direct Debit to their bank accounts
  • Specify creditors who may collect SEPA Direct Debits from their bank accounts
  • Specify creditors who may not collect SEPA Direct Debits from their bank accounts
  • Limit a SEPA Direct Debit collection to a certain amount and/or period
  • Request a refund for any SEPA Direct Debit within eight weeks from the date on which the SEPA Direct Debit was debited from their account. Within the eight week period their bank must refund on a ‘no-questions asked’ basis.
  • Request a refund for any unauthorised SEPA Direct Debit after 8 weeks and within 13 months from the date on which the SEPA Direct Debit was debited from their account.

Also clearly stated on the Irish Water Direct Debit Mandate form:



National, Protests

The recent wavering on the issue of water charges by Fianna Fáil and the speculation on the future of Irish Water must be welcomed as the inevitable outcome of the unpopularity of Irish Water and the enormous popular movement, which has grown around the Right2Water campaign. But the campaign must continue until our key goals are reached, that is the abolition of water charges and a referendum to enshrine public ownership in our constitution to ensure water services can never be privatised.  If refunds are paid well and good, but the issue of refunds is a diversion from what is an important victory, the priority now is to ensure that people are no longer bullied into paying twice for their water. And those people who felt they had no option but to pay will have one less bill to worry about now.

IMG_3726People were not fooled by the spin that surrounded the establishment of Irish Water. It was clear from the start that it was a money-making operation, that would not benefit our water infrastructure, but would create opportunities for private investors to make fortunes out of a vital natural resource which the tax payer has invested in for generations. A resource, that is so important to our lives, our health and well being, that people were compelled to defend it and not allow it to be treated as a commodity or let it fall into the hands of private corporations.
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Pensions Authority


Dáil Issues, National, Social Welfare

Clare questions David Begg’s appointment as chair of the Pensions Authority.

Features, National

From Edward Horgan, Shannon Watch

Hello all, 5313

At Shannon airport yesterday 7th January, the car parks were more than half empty. The showers of hail, rain, and the wind seemed to epitomise a failed airport project. Over the years our Dublin based, and Dublin orientated governments have stripped the economic life out of Shannon airport in favour of Dublin airport, and used US military flights and up to three million US soldiers to massage the passenger figures using Shannon airport. I note that just before Christmas, Airport CEO, Neil Parkey, did not have his contract renewed – no reason given. Prior to coming to Shannon three years ago he had been very successful as Manager of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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