Irish Water has been a complete disaster from the get go. It cost €180m to set up with over €90m going on bloated consultancy fees. €300m is being siphoned off the Motor Taxation fund, paid by ordinary motorists, in order to fund Irish Water day to day.
The government has claimed the entire set up was part of the EU/IMF deal but in fact Fine Gael published its plans for Irish Water all the way back in 2009 long before the EU/IMF agreement. In reality it is part of the Fine Gael policy of privatisation. All the while not an extra cent will be spent on infrastructure under Irish water.
Fianna Fáil led the first walk out against Irish Water and the Water charges regime back in 2013 when the government railroaded it through the Dáil. It has continued to oppose the government’s outrageous spending that is pouring good money after bad.
Fianna Fáil is committed to:
- Abolishing Irish Water
- Suspending water charges
- Investing in infrastructure
- Returning services to democratic local councils under a national framework