Adams calls for government commitment on water infrastructure investment as Drogheda remains dry
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on the government to give a clear commitment to provide the level of investment required for upgrading the state's water infrastructure.
Teachta Adams made the call as the people of Drogheda and east Meath cope with another day without water.
The Louth TD said:
“The water policy of the government has been shambolic. Fine Gael became fixated on establishing the entity of Irish Water when they should have been focused on the dire condition of our water infrastructure.
“The imposition of water charges and the roll out of the domestic metering programme took priority over the clear need for a radical overhaul of pipes and the wider network.
“The reality is that the government has wasted a great deal of time and money by clinging to an approach that was not going to work as it was never about improving public water services. It was about the privatisation of water services.
“Government water policy should be centred on the provision of water as a state delivered service funded through general taxation.
“We need a strong commitment from the government that they will provide the revenue required to upgrade our water and sanitation infrastructure to a modern standard.”