Saturday 21 October 2017

For 40 years, our politicians bottled it on water funding

Jack Lynch’s Fianna Fáil government killed water rates
Jack Lynch’s Fianna Fáil government killed water rates
John Downing

John Downing

It is all but 40 years since the bulk of Irish households have had a direct water charge. It would be a risible situation if you could ignore daily evidence presented to your own nose and mouth giving serious alarm signals about public health.

Populism means many families cannot trust the kitchen tap and at 40 centres raw sewage is running into our water systems. It's nothing short of lamentable.

We have a Victorian water and waste water system that creaks and smells and does not deliver the quality of water in the required quantities.

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