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Stanley calls on Fianna Fáil to stick to election promises on Irish Water

5 April, 2016 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has called on Fianna Fáil to stick to its late conversion to abolish Irish Water.  

Deputy Stanley said:

“While we would establish a commission to examine the alternatives, we already know what is wrong with Irish Water. Everything about the company is dysfunctional. The pretence of a ‘conservation grant’ proves that it is simply a revenue gathering operation and has nothing actually to do with encouraging the prevention of waste.

“The economics of the grant, and the flat rate, and the numbers of people who still have not paid also mean that Irish Water is not taking in enough money to cover its own operational costs, never mind the overall costs of rehabilitating and updating the water system.

“In light of all this, we need a commission to examine the future of the Irish water service and to find an alternative to Irish Water.  Both it and water charges need to be abolished. That has been the Sinn Féin position since the company was established. It was also the position cynically adopted by Fianna Fáil for electoral purposes.” 

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