Updated: 19/09/16 : 12:46:02
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FF TD believes water charges are gone...for good

Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne has said he believes water charges are gone and will not be back.

Fianna Fáil is holding its parliamentary party think-in today.

Housing, credit availability for businesses, and the UK's BREXIT vote will be among the issues on the agenda at Fianna Fáil's meeting of TDs and Senators in Co Carlow today and tomorrow, with water charges also likely to feature.

On Saturday, tens of thousands took part in a national demonstration in Dublin city calling for water charges to be abolished.

The charges were suspended by the Government earlier this year pending the outcome of an expert commission. Last week, Minister Simon Coveney said the way the water is paid for would have to change.

However, Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne (pictured) said he believed water charges were gone for good.

He said: "We're quite satisfied we have dealt with water charges in a way that will broadly meet the approval of most people.

"I believe water charges are gone and I don’t believe they're coming back...At the moment, there's no majority possible in the Dáil to reintroduce water charges. That's the political reality that we accept."