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Debacle in Drogheda shows that progressive water policy is essential - Gerry Adams TD

28 July, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that the debacle in Drogheda, which left thousands without water over the last week, has highlighted the essential need for the government to adopt a progressive water policy.

Mr Adams added that the situation should be a lesson for the Fine Gael led minority Government

Teachta Adams said;

"This must be a lesson for the Government. Given the condition of our water network, this could again, anywhere and at anytime.

"Irish Water has publicly stated that the repair at Staleen is temporary fix with a larger section of pipe work to replaced in two weeks time. 

"It is glaringly obvious that the government's privatisation agenda is bad for the future of water services in this state and therefore it is bad for citizens.

"Successive governments ignored the critical place of the water network as part of the state's infrastructure. The two governments led by Fine Gael since 2011 have followed a policy that has focused on commericalisation rather than on improving the network for the public good.

"The combination of these two disastrous approaches has created this situation.

"The Government must now change direction and adopt a progressive approach. It must invest significantly in the water network to ensure that it is upgraded to the required modern standard.This must be funded through general taxation.

"The Taoiseach must show some leadership. He should accept that the approach of the government is wrong and give a commitment that his administration will provide the revenue for the necessary investment in our water and sanitation infrastructure."

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