Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Dublin Senator Darragh O’Brien has called on the Government to admit that they made a mistake in setting up the ‘money pit’ that is Irish Water.

He was speaking after Irish Water failed to pass the Eurostat test as a workable public utility.

The north Dublin Senator has called on Fingal’s three Government TDs to come out of hiding and explain their position on this latest fiasco.

“Dubliners who have bankrolled the set-up of this out of control Super Quango need to hear from their local Government TDs right now,” said Senator O’Brien.

“Every single day that Irish Water remains in operation, it is costs the State and taxpayer a fortune. It is a money-pit that has done nothing but run up almost €1 billion euro of debt while demanding that Dublin households pay water charges in return for no additional investment in the water network.

“There was absolutely no reason for the Government to set up Irish Water. A water conservation plan could have been implemented through local authorities with investment going directly into the water network. By now, we could have pumped hundreds of millions into upgrading water systems and implementing conservation measures. Instead this money has been spent on adding an expensive and unnecessary layer of bureaucracy that has spent taxpayers’ money on consultants’ fees, PR stunts, management salaries and bonuses, staff perks and water meters that are now rendered useless.

“It is unacceptable that our local government TDs have now gone into hiding on this issue. We need to hear from James Reilly, Alan Farrell and Brendan Ryan right now. Dubliners have already paid heavily for the set-up of Irish water through their taxes. Many have paid water charges on top of that. And not a single household has seen any improvement in water services as a result. The game is up. It’s time to scrap Irish Water before it costs taxpayers even more.”