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Latest Irish Water revelation shows why Hogan unsuitable for EU role - Gerry Adams TD

7 September, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said revelations that former Environment Minister Phil Hogan signed off on the full costs of establishing Irish Water, despite previously denying knowledge of the details, was further evidence of his unsuitability as nominee for the EU Commission.

Gerry Adams said:

“In January I called for Phil Hogan's resignation as Environment Minister for refusing to answer repeated questions, from Sinn Féin and others, on the cost of establishing Irish Water. I also raised the issue with the Taoiseach at the time.

“Minister Hogan and his Department showed utter contempt for the Dáil and citizens by not outlining details of this expenditure, including the vast sums spent on consultants.

"I also said at the time that the Taoiseach’s own responses to questions on this scandal were a joke.

“It has now emerged, following an investigation by RTÉ’s This Week programme, that Phil Hogan signed off on the full costs of Irish Water three months before the controversy about the cost of consultants emerged in the public domain.

"Phil Hogan has been caught out. Now we know why the Taoiseach would not answer my questions about Minister Hogan.

"Given the Taoiseach's stubborn refusal to answer legitimate questions in the Dáil, today's revelations also raise huge concerns about what the Taoiseach knew of these matters.

“Sinn Féin protested strongly at the way the Water Services Bill was being rushed through the Dáil and on the last sitting day of 2013, over 30 TDs left the Dáil chamber in protest at this.

“An important point to remember is that the vast sums of money handed to consultants was taken from vulnerable citizens through cuts to vital services.

“It is clear now that Phil Hogan had stood over too many debacles and should have resigned as Environment Minister and it is further evidence as to why he should not have been nominated for EU Commissioner by Enda Kenny.”

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