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Government must accept some responsibility for water crisis in Galway - Ferris

23 August, 2007


Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has said Government under-funding of critical infrastructure such as water treatment plants is partly responsible for the Galway water crisis and is likely to lead to further water crises throughout the State. Deputy Ferris said the Government's approach to water treatment is similar to their approach to the State's communications, roads and our national airline all of which were under-funded before being privatised or partially privatised.

Speaking today Deputy Ferris said, "The blame for the water crisis in Galway should not lie solely at the door of Galway City Council but also at Government Buildings in Dublin. Consistent under funding of local authorities and of critical infrastructure such as water treatment plants is directly responsible for the crisis that happened in Galway and is likely to lead to further water crises throughout the State.

"The under-funding of water treatment throughout the state is similar to the approach the Government took with the State's communications, roads and our national airline all of which were under-funded before being privatised or partially privatised. We only have to look at what's happening in An Post and the ESB to see what lies next on the chopping board of the privatisation agenda.

"When listening to warnings to about water shortages we should always remember that this is a Government that is absolutely committed to a privatisation agenda.

"I am calling on the new Environment Minister, the Green Party's Minister John Gormley, to properly invest in water treatment plants throughout the State and to adequately fund local authorities to maintain their water supplies." ENDS

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