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Irish Water shambles shows no sign of stopping – Stanley

11 April, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for the Environment and Local Government Brian Stanley has described plans by Irish Water to at last secure the development levies from local authorities to upgrade the water system as a sign that the rhetoric surrounding both Irish Water and the Local Property Tax as a sham; while Irish people would be expected to pay for water three times, Irish Water had not secured the basic funding for water infrastructure in the first instance.

Deputy Stanley said:

“The Minister for the Environment this week vested more powers in Irish Water to raid the local authorities for more funds to bolster their toxic business model. While Irish Water has fumbled in every pocket for more money, they had failed to secure the funds to actually fulfil their purpose. It is typical of the manner through which the body was set up.

“The Irish people already pay for water through taxation. Their Local Property Tax has been ploughed into Irish Water through government subvention. Bills have started arriving through doors, and more money is being diverted into the money pit that has become the bloated Irish Water.

“Local services have been decimated in the search for cash. How many libraries will go underfunded, how many playgrounds will go unmaintained? How many potholes will go unfilled in the very streets that Irish Water dug up to install their now unused water meters? How long will the government stand over this bloated, toxic mess? The government has constantly scrambled to defend Irish Water, but their rhetoric will not excuse this gross waste of money.

“Irish Water must be abolished immediately to stem the one-way flow of money into a body that does not seem interested in being anything other than a vehicle for taking money and spending it on advertising campaigns for justifying their own existence.” 

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