It's hard to swallow, but Irish Water's here to stay
Government needs to admit errors, writes Eddie Molloy, then reassert our real need for an effective utility
Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30
The Government has been rightly castigated for its handling of Irish Water, from the blundering start-up overseen by Phil Hogan, through the list of misconceived ruses to redeem the situation, all of which have boomeranged, right up to the latest revelation that a separate data base will be needed to manage the payment of the absurd €100 "conservation grant", and confusion over who should get it.
As a case of 'old politics', the Irish Water saga is hard to beat, but the Opposition is no less guilty of 'old politics', seeking short-term political gain with populist rants about "bloated quangos", "millions squandered on consultants", water being "a human right", paying for water out of "general taxation", "fixing leaks first" and a "bonus culture".
This is the kind of pap offered, for example, by Richard Boyd-Barrett in a recent radio interview, as the basis for "scrapping Irish Water".