Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has called on Joe O’Toole, newly appointed Chair of the water policy commission, to reflect on his ongoing suitability for the position.

Deputy Cowen commented, “This new commission’s job is to independently and impartially examine the different options available for funding our water and wastewater systems into the future, before presenting these options to Dáil Éireann which will then decide.

“In his ill-judged comments to the media this morning, Mr O’Toole has seriously undermined his position as Chair. For the commission’s process to enjoy public support, it is essential that those involved approach the question of funding with an open mind. By making clear his view before the process of examination even begins and pre-empting the outcome, he has raised serious question marks about his suitability for this role.

“Mr O’Toole needs to reflect on the comments he has made and reflect on whether he is in a position to effectively lead the commission’s work.”