Public Water Forum could turn the tide
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.
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.