A homeowner in a village outside Castlebar, recently knocked a house and rebuilt a house, an apartment and a commercial unit on the same site.

He did all the work himself in disconnecting the house from the water and sewerage system and then reconnecting to the new build, and Irish Water charged him in excess of 14,000 euro, simply for the reconnection.

That is a ridiculous charge, according to the Mayor of Castlebar, Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, and he has written to Irish Water on behalf of his constituent to express that view.

He also raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council earlier this week, calling for the local authority to intervene if the national utility company insists on charging large fees for no work. He argued that there will be no building in rural Ireland if situations like this are allowed to continue.

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