Tuesday 23 May 2017

Irish Water is spinning, collecting money, but not conserving water

As long as the abolition of water charges is a 50/50 political bet, there's no incentive to pay, writes Willie Kealy

BEYOND A JOKE: Willie Kealy, pictured here with his dog Bruno, has a water leak outside his house, which has become a home for his duck
BEYOND A JOKE: Willie Kealy, pictured here with his dog Bruno, has a water leak outside his house, which has become a home for his duck
Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

In one way, the establishment of the Public Water Forum is pretty pathetic. It's the Government saying we made a total bags of setting up Irish Water, so have you any suggestions that might help us get out of this self-generated mess.

On the other hand, such is the mess that it can't do any harm to have a panel of ordinary people - water consumers - as well as representatives from vocational and sectoral organisations, take a fresh look at the whole thing and maybe come up with a few ideas.

Of course, if those tens of thousands of people who feel that Irish Water should be abolished and the 50pc who have still not paid their water bill managed to grab a majority of the 32 places on the forum, then it would become a pretty redundant body.

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