The Dáil has voted to accept the report of the Committee on the Future Funding of Water Services.

It formally brings an end to the water charges regime introduced by the last government.

The report states that only people who excessively use water will be charged; refunds will be issued to those who have already paid and a referendum will be held to prevent Irish Water from being privatised.

The report was accepted by 96 votes to 48.

Earlier, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said the commitments made in the report will be honoured.

He said that populism would have triumphed had Irish Water and all forms of water charges been abolished, which was not the case.