Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment, Barry Cowen TD, has called on the Government to seriously reconsider its approach to the management of the unmitigated disaster that is Irish Water .
Deputy Cowen made the call after the latest debacles over the non-existent complaints mechanisms at Irish Water and the blunder where as many as 200,000 lower income people will not receive any respite from the unfair water charges.
He commented: “As every day goes by, the Fine Gael and Labour Government embroils itself in more controversies over Irish Water. The latest incidents surround the non-existent complaints mechanism within Irish Water where TDs have been forced to resort to tweeting Irish Water to get answers to their queries. This is incredible and completely unacceptable for a semi-state body.
“The desperate last minute effort to salvage some shred of credibility by the Government in relation to Irish Water at the budget has failed miserably. The last minute back of the envelope attempt to provide allowances and subsidies to lower income people has excluded as many as 200,000 people.
“By the time the Government finishes with belatedly trying to provide some fairness to Water Charges, the revenue gained will not even be worth the effort.
“When the legislation establishing Irish Water was cynically rammed through Dáil without debate, I warned that this would come back to haunt the Government.
“The considerable public anger out there in relation Irish Water will only grow as the cack-handed approach of the Government continues. We have no cabinet Minister standing-up and taking charge of this. No one is answerable in the Dáil for Irish Water and cabinet Ministers are happy to pass the buck. This behaviour cannot continue.
“The Government must seriously reconsider its approach to Irish Water. It is not doing what the Government set it out to do and is fast becoming a white elephant.”