Singer songwriter Damien Dempsey has waded in to the Irish water controversy, calling on the Government not to privatise the utility.
The activist missed out on a face to face meeting with Environment Minister Alan Kelly, who had been due to present water safety award to the Dubliner.
He pulled out due to “an urgent unplanned meeting which he must attend”.
"I was hoping to talk to him about the privatisation of Irish Water. I would hate to see Irish Water privatised," Dempsey said.
"I think we need something in the constitution to make sure it never gets privatised so I would have liked to talk to him to him about that but maybe another time."
Dempsey was one of 35 people honoured for bravery in “dramatic near-drowning rescues” over the past year at Irish Water Safety’s National Awards Ceremony in Dublin Castle.
The singer said he "followed his instinct" when he got into the water at the River Slaney in Enniscorthy to help two swimmers who had gotten into difficulty.
He said he had dreamt of something similar in the days beforehand “so I knew what to do when it happened. I was ready.”