The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has accused Minister Phil Hogan of fobbing off the Dáil and the public regarding the costs of establishing Irish Water. The Laois/Offaly TD was speaking during this evening’s debate on the revelations regarding the amount of money spent by Irish Water on consultancy fees.
Deputy Stanley said:
“Having fobbed off questions from myself and others on the costs involved in setting up Irish Water, and denying that he knew any of the financial details, it now turns out that Minister Hogan was well aware of what was going on.
“Not only was he aware for months of the costs, including the large sums being dispensed to consultancy firms, but he was in fact being presented with monthly accounts setting out in detail exactly the costs involved and exactly where the money was going.”
Deputy Stanley also called into question the Governments claims regarding the savings to be made and warned that, as with Bord Gáis Energy, there was no guarantee that Irish Water would not be sold off at some point despite being established as a public company.
He also accused Fianna Fáil of hypocrisy given that they had not only agreed with the IMF in December 2010 to establish such a company, but had also agreed to introduce water charges.