Council gives tenants’ details to Irish Water

The offices of Longford County Council. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Longford County Council has passed on the names and personal details of almost 1,800 council tenants to Irish Water.

Longford County Council has passed on the names and personal details of almost 1,800 council tenants to Irish Water.

The local authority confirmed to the Leader this week it had provided details of around 1,800 local authority tenants to the water utility provider in recent days.

In a statement, Longford County Council said: “Names and addresses have been provided as required by Irish Water. There are almost 1,800 tenants in the county.”

It comes after local authorities and landlord owners of multiple properties were ordered to hand over the details in February.

This was done in advance of the utility issuing demands for payment to some 1.5 million households across the State.

It’s believed Irish Water wrote to local authorities at around that time, asking them to provide tenants’ names as a national registration campaign came to a close.

The move formed part of section 26(1)(a) of the Water Services Act, “which empowers Irish Water to request local authorities to provide such information as Irish Water may reasonably require to enable it to perform its functions under the Act”.

Another reason behind the decision to write to local authorities, Irish Water has argued, was to ensure their billing information details are correct.

Earlier this month however, around 2,000 customers who submitted payment details in writing were asked to resubmit their records, because of “errors” in transposing customer details online.

In January of this year, members of Longford County Council voted in support of a No Confidence Motion in Irish Water .

The motion had been proposed by Cllr Gerry Warnock and seconded by Cllr Mae Sexton.

Meanwhile in Dublin, members of Dublin City Council voted on Monday night to oppose the handing over of local authority tenant details to Irish Water.

The details of all residents of social housing in the country have been passed on to the water company already.