Saturday 26 May 2018

Micheál Martin demands investigation into money spent by Irish Water lobbying to stop its abolition

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Dylan Vaughan
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Dylan Vaughan
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has demanded an investigation into the money spent by Irish Water lobbying to stop the abolition of the controversial State utility company.

Speaking in the Dáil after the vote for Taoiseach, Mr Martin accused Irish Water of orchestrating an “unprecedented lobbying campaign” after the electorate rejected the last Government’s policies on water.

He also warned that Irish Water should not go ahead with any unnecessary maintenance work or contracts while discussions on the agency’s future are ongoing.

“The future of Irish Water is not the single most important issue facing our country – but it is important and the election represented a decisive rejection of current policies,” Mr Mart said.

“The post-election lobbying campaign by this state company is unprecedented in our history.

It is a total waste of public money and of the legitimate balance of powers between parliament and state companies.

Once Dáil committees are established we will be seeking an investigation into the cost and nature of this campaign,” he added.

Mr Martin also said any attempt by Irish Water to “accelerate contracts and hiring for non-essential maintenance roles” will be seen as an “attempt to undermine discussions on water policy by elected representatives”.

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