LETTER: Irish Water a monument to government's dismal failure

February 28th, 2016 10:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

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SIR – After returning from the protest march in Dublin, where there were a tens of thousands on the streets of the capital marching past the GPO where the 1916 freedom fighters took on an empire and 17 were executed after the rising, is this what they fought and died for? 

Vast amounts of public funds have been splurged on consultancey fees, the (Irish Water) utility has repeatedly been on the news for all the wrong reasons where householders are left in the dark about how much their annual bill is going to be. We had the disgraceful business of large bonus payments to staff of Irish Water. 

Worse still, Phil Hogan, who caused the fiasco and who closed down 80 town councils across the country, was rewarded for his incompetence with a highly-paid posting in Europe and John Tierney has retired a month earlier than expected, taking with him a pension of €2m. Since Irish Water was established in 2013, it has spent €30,000 on taxis the equivalent of a €1,000 a month, all out of taxpayers’ money. 

Five years ago Enda Kenny promised us transparency and accountability in government. We have seen nothing of the sort, only wasteful spending of taxpayers’ monies and Irish Water is a monument to this government’s dismal failure. 


Noel Harrington, 



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