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Stanley Claims that Irish Water is a “Mess”

21 October, 2014 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment, Brian Stanley TD, has described Irish Water as a mess. He was speaking during a Dáil debate on Irish Water on a day when it was revealed that only a third of households have returned the forms posted to them, and that the Government has instructed the company to conduct a review of its communications. Earlier, a question from Deputy Stanley revealed that Irish water is receiving 70,000 calls a week. The Laois TD claimed that many of them were not being answered.

Deputy Stanley said:

“Every day it seems brings new revelations regarding the mess that is Irish Water. The understandable anger over the level of bonus payments is just the latest and will hardly encourage confidence in the company, despite the review into their communications announced this afternoon.

“To make matters worse, it was revealed earlier today that just a third of Irish Water customers have filled in and returned their forms containing their PPS numbers and other details. That means that somewhere around one million households have not returned their forms. That has forced Irish Water to seek an extension of the deadline for their return to the end of November.”

He reiterated Sinn Féin’s commitment to abolish the water charges and to bring the water services under a more efficient and accountable management.

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