Stanley Highlights Shortfall in Irish Water Accounts
Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Brian Stanley TD has claimed that the latest figures on commercial and domestic water charges continue to prove that Irish Water will fall short of the amount they require to cover their operational. Deputy Stanley was speaking after a response from Minister Alan Kelly in the Dáil this morning.
Deputy Stanley said:
“According to the Minister, €229 million will be collected in commercial water rates in 2015. However, in 2012 there was a €7 million shortfall on the billed €187 million in commercial water rates. The Minister expects that there will be no such shortfall in the €270 million billed to domestic users, but this would seem rather optimistic given the vastly different levels of acceptance between domestic and commercial water charges.
“I do not believe that his figures are correct as the indications are that there will be a 30 or 40% non-compliance rate by households. If that is the case then Irish Water will collect nowhere near the amount which it requires.
“It is in that context that we need to know how much the Government expects it may need to further subvent the company, given the escalating costs associated with it. I believe there is a hole in the Minister’s figures, and I asked if Irish Water will need further subvention from the taxpayer for the day to day running costs.
“While the Minister says he is ‘very confident’ that the billed amounts for domestic and commercial water charges will be collected, I do not share his confidence.”