Monday 23 January 2017

Daniel McConnell: We hate it, but embattled utility is here to stay

Published 23/08/2015 | 02:30

WATER WORKS: The Minister of Environment, Alan Kelly, left and John Tierney, managing director of Irish Water
WATER WORKS: The Minister of Environment, Alan Kelly, left and John Tierney, managing director of Irish Water

To those who want to get rid of Irish Water — and sure why wouldn’t you, given how disastrous it has been — simply find the guts of €1bn and away you go.

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That is the cost of how much it would take to eradicate the much-maligned super quango from existence.

As fresh controversy engulfed Irish Water last week over the €100 conservation grant and the ‘cold-calling’ of customers who had failed to pay their bills, the case for doing away with the utility has strengthened.

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