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Eurostat decision demonstrates that Irish Water not fit for purpose- Lynn Boylan MEP

28 July, 2015 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Dublin MEP and author of the European Parliament’s Right2Water report Lynn Boylan has commented on reports that Eurostat will reject plans to keep Irish Water off the government balance sheet.

Speaking today Ms Boylan said:

“The government’s economic argument in favour of this quango has now been blown out of the water. Eurostat is expected to state today that Irish Water is insufficiently independent of the exchequer and should stay on government books until 2020.

“This Eurostat decision calls into serious question the ability of Irish Water to be able to become a self-financing entity in the future.  

 “The government is squarely to blame for this debacle, having guillotined though legislation at the behest of the troika.

“Sinn Féin’s position on this issue has been consistent, water services should be retained in public ownership.

“It is time for the government to admit its mistake and abolish Irish Water and the water tax.

“The anti-water charges movement has not gone away.

“Right2Water will be mobilising again at the end of August and my report on water, born out of a citizen’s initiative petition, will be at the European parliament plenary session in September.

“Irish Water in its current incarnation is not economically viable and must be scrapped.”

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