DEPUTY Pat the Cope Gallagher has supported the Fianna Fail position of abolishing Irish Water and the immediate abolition of water charges for the lifetime of the next Government.
“Irish Water is a failed entity and has lost the confidence of the people of Ireland and it no longer commands the confidence of the majority of Dáil Eireann” Pat the Cope said.
“Irish Water as a company was rushed through the Dáil by former Minister Phil Hogan, it was never properly planned nor thought out and as such Irish Water will never succeed in delivering the service in a cost effective manner, nor will it enjoy the support of the people, nor as it is presently constituted is it politically accountable to either the Dáil or the Public Accounts Committee even though it annually spends millions of public money.
“More shocking is the fact that by the end of 2016, Irish water will have spent in excess of €2.4 Billion Euros of Irish tax payers money, and yet we can neither audit nor evaluate any of this expenditure. It is no loner “creditable to continue investing and spending millions of Tax payer’s moneys on Irish Water, we have to call halt to this waste of public money and reassess the best way forward to upgrading our national pipe network,” he added.
The Fianna Fail TD said that formation of the next Government is essential for the country in order that we deal effectively with the many issues facing us as a country on a daily basis.