Sunday 4 December 2016

Parties baying for abolition of Irish Water have no idea how much it will cost

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:30

Anti-water charges campaigners taking part in protests outside Irish Water headquarters on Dublin’s Talbot Street – similar protests took place in Galway, Cork and Limerick last year. Photo: Tony Gavin
Anti-water charges campaigners taking part in protests outside Irish Water headquarters on Dublin’s Talbot Street – similar protests took place in Galway, Cork and Limerick last year. Photo: Tony Gavin

Welcome to the new era of responsible governance in Ireland, where parties baying for the abolition of Irish Water appear to have no idea how much it would cost but are determined to plough ahead regardless.

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Speaking recently, Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin stated there was "no obvious alternative model to Irish Water" and an independent commission was required to investigate a "detailed and credible" manner of providing water services across the country.

This announcement probably came as a surprise to anyone who listened to the party last year promise that its first act of government, if it were in power after the election, would be to "abolish Irish Water and water charges".

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