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Funding woes reinforce need to scrap Irish Water - Adams

5 August, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Responding to details of additional State funding being provided to Irish Water last year, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said it is high time that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil accepted the utility has been a fiasco from day one and that it needed to be scrapped without delay.

Teachta Adams said:

"The Exchequer Financial Statements for 2015 published yesterday, showing an additional €100million loan being allocated to Irish Water, further illustrate how much of a fiasco the utility has been from day one. 

"The imposition of water charges has been rejected by the people and the majority of TDs elected to the current Dáil were sent there with a mandate to end domestic water charging. That fact needs to be acted upon, and both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to accept that. 

"It should be remembered that of the funding provided by the State, €465million has been spent to date on installing 880,000 water meters which are redundant. That is the scale of the waste in Irish Water.

"The decision of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to establish a Commission on water services perpetuates the uncertainty when it comes to funding water services and the waste in Irish Water will continue until a proper public utility is established."

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