Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Watergate' scandal without leaked tapes is just a pantomime

Consultancy firms and Phil Hogan lead the cast of villains in this new morality play, writes Colm McCarthy

The first Irish Water meter being installed in Maynooth, Co. Kildare in August, 2013. Photo: Colm Mahady / Fennells.
The first Irish Water meter being installed in Maynooth, Co. Kildare in August, 2013. Photo: Colm Mahady / Fennells.
Colm McCarthy

Colm McCarthy

The quality of the proceedings at the Oireachtas committees on the Irish Water controversy in the early part of last week and their coverage in the print and broadcast media should leave people unhappy.

The deputies and the journalists, with only a few exceptions, have managed to miss all of the important issues. For example, the suggestion that the Minister for the Environment should resign having failed to 'micro-manage' the new water company is, on a moment's solitary reflection, simply ludicrous. Think about it: government ministers are supposed to be personally responsible for the operational management of large commercial state companies!

The week has told us more about the state of the media and about how little can be expected from parliamentary committees than it has revealed about Irish Water.

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