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Protest against Irish Water’s ‘corporate monster’ - Brian Stanley TD

30 October, 2014 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Environment Brian Stanley TD has urged all those opposed to the water charges to show their opposition in the many demonstrations taking place this weekend. The Sinn Féin TD, speaking yesterday on Newstalk, outlined Sinn Féin’s support for the Right2Water campaign and highlighted the mismanagement endemic in Irish Water.  

 “I am urging people to go out. People have been hit with austerity for the last seven budgets. We can see in the last one, even though the government declared austerity was over, ordinary working people were very badly done by.

 “It seems as though investment in fixing leaking pipes is at an all-time low this year despite the fact that there’s huge tranches of public funding gone across to Irish Water.

“We should have left this with local authorities. There was no need for call centres. There was no need for a supra management structure. There was no need for the corporate monster that was Irish Water because reformed local authorities were capable of providing the services.

 “Despite the fact that we will be paying water rates next year, the tax payer will be subventing Irish Water and the bill could be reduced substantially by not having Irish Water in its present form or wasting money in meters. The money should be re-diverted into fixing leaks.

 “The government are mopping up the floor, they’re not fixing the leaks with this issue.

“Sinn Féin would have used that €539 million to install meters to fix leaks instead. As there is only a quarter to one third of meters installed, the first thing Sinn Féin would do is re-divert that and invest it in fixing faults in the system. 

“There is widespread opposition to Irish Water. I am calling on anybody who wishes to have their voice heard to participate in the countrywide Right2Water protests this Saturday.”

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