Thursday 12 December 2019

Kenny rules out referendum on Irish Water sell off

Fionnan Sheahan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says the Government plans to bring in stronger legislation to block the sell off of Irish Water.

In an interview with Independent.ie at the Web Summit, Mr Kenny ruled out holding a referendum to prevent the privatisation of Irish Water.

 

"I am not inclined to hold a referendum. I do think it is important here that we should look at the question of strengthening the law. Obviously no political party in Dail Eireann has a proposition to privatise Irish Water. It is already enshrined in law. It will not be privatised. I can't see any party anywhere wishing to put forward that proposition," he said.

 

The Government is coming under growing pressure to respond to concerns about the possible privatisation of Irish Water in the future.

Political Editor Fionnan Sheahan talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Independent.ie's studio at the Web Summit in the RDS. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Political Editor Fionnan Sheahan talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Independent.ie's studio at the Web Summit in the RDS. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

 

The opposition parties are calling for a referendum to be held to insert an amendment in the Constitution preventing the sell off of the utility.

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