Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD has said that the Government must put a halt to the establishment of Irish Water and abandon its regressive policy on water provision.
The call follows revelations that up to €2bn will be overspent at Irish Water.
Gerry Adams said:
“Irish water will have to spend €1 billion to €2 billion more than it needs to do over the coming decade.
“This latest development follows last week’s news that 29 staff recruited by Irish Water are earning over €100,000.
“It must be remembered that this is the public’s money being wasted — money that could be used to fund vital services to citizens in need which are currently being cut.
“The Government claimed that the creation of Irish Water would result in massive savings from increased efficiency. These revelations completely undermine that claim.
“For Minister for Natural Resources, Pat Rabitte to try and wash the Government’s hands of this fiasco by saying the establishment of Irish Water was forced on them by the Troika is pathetic.
“This government obstructed the Dáil by concealing its knowledge on the expenditure involved in the establishment of Irish Water. It’s now time for them to admit that they got it wrong on this issue from the very beginning.
“The Government must put a halt to the establishment of Irish Water and abandon its regressive policy on water provision.”