Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on the Environment Barry Cowen has said that the government’s mishandling of the water policy continues to be a complete shambles. Commenting on the fact that the new Water Services Bill 2014 was taken away from TDs post boxes by the government this morning, Deputy Cowen stated that this continues to be a complete “omnishambles” by the government.

“The Dáil is due to debate the new water services bill this Thursday. The legislation was published and a hard copy put into each TD’s post box but then bizarrely taken away again. It’s a clear sign of the contempt and arrogance the government holds this Dáil in and the last minute nature of its policy changes” said Deputy Cowen.

Deputy Cowen stated that “We have had at least ten U-turns since water charges were originally introduced just two months ago. Now the government is clearly struggling to keep up with the changes it is making and was bizarrely forced to take away bills directly from TDs post boxes. This kind of off-the-cuff policy making is a complete disaster and ordinary households will end up paying dearly for it. Irish Water has been an unmitigated disaster since Fine Gael came up with the idea in 2009 and it’s time to bring it to an end.”