Irish Water must be replaced not just revamped – O’ Reilly
Sinn Féin Fingal TD Louise O’ Reilly has outlined the importance of scrapping water charges and establishing a meaningful independent commission which sees Irish Water replaced by an entirely new public ownership model. O’ Reilly has challenged Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to ensure that any proposed commission sees Irish Water abolished and not just tinkered with.
Deputy O’ Reilly said:
“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are now talking about setting up an independent commission looking at Irish Water and a charging regime. This is not good enough. They are tinkering with a totally failed enterprise as part of their political play-acting. They have no plans to actually replace it.
“The majority of TDs in the Dáil want charges scrapped. Sinn Féin’s mandate is to abolish Irish Water. We are also arguing for an independent commission, but the starting point must be the abolition of the household water charge.
“We need to restore public trust in how our water services are run, to independently advise the houses of the Oireachtas on levels of management and funding needed as well as establishing how best to deliver quality, value for money services at the lowest possible cost and the highest levels of efficiency possible.
“Therefore we would task an independent commission with producing a report to be presented to the Oireachtas within nine months. We would also enlist independent expertise including economists, environmental experts, as well as workers’ rights and consumer interest experts to lead the commission.
“We want a public water utility that is enshrined in public ownership and that best serves Irish citizens – not a rehash of a broken and wasteful Irish Water model. Anything less is unacceptable.”