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Irish Water offers more questions than answers – Stanley

22 March, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD


The Sinn Féin Environment, Community & Local Government spokesperson, Brian Stanley, has reiterated his call for Minster for the Environment Alan Kelly to issue a statement in relation to claims that meter installation company Siteserv are seeking additional monies from Irish Water.

Speaking today the Laois/Offaly TD, who is a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment said;

“It is reported today that water metering company Siteserv is seeking to recoup extra costs incurred by sub-contractors in the installation of water meters from Irish Water.”

“Despite having raised this issue a number of weeks ago, I have yet to receive any response from the Minister in relation to the matter and a number of questions remain unanswered. The most pressing of which is; does the Minister remain confident, that the €539m taken from the National Pension Reserve fund will cover the cost of this failed metering program?”

“Furthermore, does Irish Water intend on frittering away yet more money on the installation program? Would it not make more fiscal sense to instead utilise the remaining funds in upgrading our decaying,  leaking  water infrastructure directly?”

“The Ministers silence on the matter is indicative of the veil of secrecy which the Government has sought  to shroud this controversy in.  We now know that high level meetings took place in 2012 between Senior Department of the Environment officials and the board of Bord Gáis/Ervia. Minister Phil Hogan attended a number of these meetings, for over half of which there is no record. As a member of Joint committee for the Environment I will be calling for the committee to examine and investigate this highly irregular activity.”

“Minster Kelly needs to understand silence is not an adequate response on matters of such critical importance. He promised us clarity and certainty and yet so many questions remain unanswered.”

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