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No end to Irish Water farce thanks to gross government incompetence – Stanley

19 August, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has criticised news that PPS numbers will be required by the government in order for Irish Water customers to receive the so-called ‘conservation grant’.

Deputy Stanley said:

“People will be receiving letters in the next few days asking them to register with Irish Water and giving their PPS numbers in order to receive the so-called ‘conservation grant’. Irish people have to jump through yet more hoops and submit sensitive information to yet another government agency to receive a grant which no longer has a purpose.

“Not only is this a huge expense (€6 million for administration costs alone), it is bizarre that the government are now asking people to provide their PPS numbers after having withdrawn requests for this information last year. It is yet another example of the farce that is Irish Water, as if further proof was needed.  

“We must also have clear guidelines on the demarcation between the Department and Irish Water when it comes to actually processing the grant. With the government refusing to rule out privatisation of Irish Water, this confidential information could be shared with private commercial enterprises in the future.

“If in government, Sinn Féin would abolish Irish Water and domestic water charges. We would not try and fool Irish people with the charade of taking away tax revenue on one hand and giving it back with another.

"I strongly urge everyone to participate in the Right2Water rally in Dublin on August 29th and show their discontent with the ridiculous show of incompetence that is Irish Water and the government’s gross mismanagement of the entire project.”

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