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Irish Water is not fit for the purpose of serving the interests of ordinary citizens - Mary Lou McDonald TD

19 October, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has stated that Irish Water is clearly not fit for the purpose of serving the interests of ordinary citizens in its current form. 

The party Spokesperson on Public Expenditure & Reform said that the litany of debacles, set in train by the government under the current management of the company, adds further weight to the argument for the scrapping of water charges.

Deputy McDonald said;

“The manner in which Irish Water was established, the management of the company to date and the imposition of water charges has been an unmitigated disaster. Even government back-benchers have woken-up to this reality.

“The approach that Irish Water and the government have taken to public dissent has been one focused on the use of serious bully-boy tactics and threats as the company stumbles from one shambles to another. The whole operation of Irish water thus far has been farcical.

“Families have been threatened that their water pressure will be reduced to a trickle should they fail to pay. We have heard how those on certain tenancy scheme have been told that they could be evicted for non payment. There have also been numerous miscommunications in regards to who is liable should someone not pay. It is a mess.

“Today, we see reports in the media about how families will face a staggeringly expensive call out charge of €180 for repairs of leaking pipes.

“The backdrop to all this is the fact that the top-brass at Irish Water are being paid exorbitant salaries. These executives are waiting in line for gratuitous bonus payment despite the Taoiseach’s guarantees that there wouldn't be a bonus culture in Irish Water.

“This madness has to stop. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Alan Kenny must now get their finger out and move to address the debacle in a comprehensive manner. This must include the complete abolition of domestic water charges.

 “Irish Water cannot remain as the utility responsible for the delivery of water services in its present form. The company is toxic. It must now be radically reformed into a single utility that acts in the interests of our citizens as suggested by Sinn Féin in our proposals for the delivery of water services.”

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