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O’ Dowd’s criticisms confirm that Irish Water is a mess – Brian Stanley TD

7 October, 2014 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has said that comments by former Minister for State in the Department of Environment, Fergus O’Dowd on Irish water, confirm the general view that the establishment and operation of the new company are a disastrous mess.

Deputy Stanley said: “It is clear that Irish Water is not fit for purpose. Fergus O’Dowd is correct in his criticisms regarding the manner in which the company operates, although he did oppose my amendments to the legislation which Fine Gael and Labour rammed through the Dáil.

“I highlighted the massive sums being spent on consultants and the high salaries and bonuses made available to upper management in the company. That contrasts with the level of charges now being placed on households, and the failure to take into account the ability to pay of many low-income, disadvantaged and elderly people.

“With regard to his concerns about PPS numbers, what will the situation be if the company were to be privatised, something which Sinn Féin will strenuously oppose. A simple change to the legislation will ensure that Irish Water remains in public ownership. We are also calling for the current board of Irish Water to be removed and replaced with one that is comprised of people democratically appointed from local authorities, trade unions and representatives of the households who are being asked to foot the bill.”

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