Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, has today said, “the water restrictions in Dublin are a legacy of under investment by consecutive governments.”
Ó Snodaigh said:
“Water restrictions are due to begin in the Dublin area this evening, causing low pressure and loss of supply. It beggars believe that in 21st century Ireland we cannot guarantee water in the capital city. This is not an act of god or a coincidence. The government must share the blame for the dry taps of Dublin.
“This current government has slashed funding for Water Services from €495m in 2010 to €43.9m in this year’s budget. This was funding major public water supply and sewage schemes. Directly linked to these cuts is the public investment put into Uisce Eireann. Uisce Eireann received €500m as an initial start-up and in this year’s budget it received another €240m investment of public money.
“This money would be better off invested in infrastructure and combatting the leaks that are causing water loss. No amount of domestic water meters will compensate for decades of underinvestment.
“It is ridiculous but households will now be paying three times for the water they are not getting, through their taxation, in public investment in Uisce Eireann and now in their water rates.
“I am calling on Minster Hogan to redirect funding from Uisce Eireann to public works upgrading Dublin’s water infrastructure.”