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Irish Water a shambolic mess – Senator Cullinane

8 October, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD

Irish Water a shambolic mess – Senator Cullinane

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has accused Fine Gael’s Fergus O’Dowd of gross hypocrisy and of misleading the Irish people and the Oireachtas. Speaking on the issue of Irish Water, Senator Cullinane said:

 “Back in April of this year the then Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Fergus O’Dowd came into the Seanad and repeatedly defended the Government on the setting up of Irish Water.

“During seventeen hours of often heated debate I repeatedly raised concerns with the Minister about the establishment and structure of the company.

“I specifically asked then Minister O’Dowd why the company required people’s PPS numbers, and if he was concerned about the emergence of water poverty.

“Back then it was clear the Government had made a huge mistake in the setting up of Irish Water and that the company was to all intents and purposes, a shambolic mess.   

“The then Minister O’Dowd not only dismissed my concerns as nonsense, he robustly and unequivocally defended the Government and Irish Water. 

“Yesterday we had the very same Mr. O’Dowd telling us that Irish Water is arrogant and uncaring in the way it demands money and PPS numbers without explaining why this is necessary.

“He also said he feared Irish Water was becoming another cosseted quango with a bonus culture and that disadvantaged groups may have to pay more for water than they should.

“This is an astonishing turn-about that requires explanation.

“I am now calling on Minister Alan Kelly to come before the House to answer questions about Irish Water.

“It is not acceptable that hard pressed families are now facing the prospect of not being able to wash themselves or their children, and that they will be put to the pin of their collar to pay for what should be a free public utility.

“Fine Gael has questions to answer about why their Ministers misled the people and Oireachtas”.

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