Friday 22 September 2017

Irish Water's credibility has truly dried up

Eurostat's hammer blow to the project has ministers reciting lines like their two-times tables

‘Eurostat does not oppose the Government’s aims – but it merely had to prod Irish Water for the whole fiasco to fall apart’
‘Eurostat does not oppose the Government’s aims – but it merely had to prod Irish Water for the whole fiasco to fall apart’
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

The Government has been caught out - Irish Water has failed the Eurostat test - devastating news for the members of the Cabinet. In deep, deep trouble, the Government responds with a mixture of guile, panic and outright denial.

For the past year, the Irish Water story has been presented overwhelmingly as one of loudmouth, know-nothing malcontents versus a responsible establishment. Yes, we were told, there are some teething problems with Irish Water, but the basic plan is sound.

Those who opposed the "new funding model" were a "sinister fringe". According to the Taoiseach, the opposition to his plans came from people who "don't want to pay for anything".

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