Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha has said that Fine Gael and Labour councillors across the State should be putting pressure on the Government not to proceed with the hand-over of water services to Irish Water on 1 January.
Cllr. Mac Donncha said:
"The Report of the Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan has clearly exposed the major flaws in the proposed hand-over of water services from Dublin City Council to Irish Water on 1 January. The City and the citizens will suffer major financial losses and all this is being done to facilitate the imposition of domestic water charges and, ultimately, the privatisation of water services. In addition, Dublin faces the prospect of increased commercial water charges, thus damaging business in the capital.
"A Government that claims to be reforming and empowering local democracy is actually taking more powers and responsibilities away from Councils. Fine Gael and Labour councillors in Dublin and across the State should be putting pressure on the Government to halt this plan and not to proceed with ramming the Water Services No. 2 Bill through the Dáil this week."