Tuesday 6 December 2016

Public Water Forum could turn the tide

Published 21/09/2015 | 02:30

Dr Tom Collins: chairman of the Public Water Forum
Dr Tom Collins: chairman of the Public Water Forum

The setting up of the Public Water Forum so close to the General Election smacks of a cynical, or perhaps desperate, move by the Government to subdue the enduring crisis over Irish Water, which has seen just 51pc of customers paying their bills.

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The creation of the forum was provided for under the Water Services Act 2013. However, it was not until last July that a chairman was appointed, and applications for the 32-strong forum are only being issued today.

Dr Tom Collins, the inaugural chair of the forum - who has waived any fee for his services - is correct when he says that Irish Water has become a toxic issue.

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