SF muddies the waters on how to fund creaking, leaking network
Whatever your view on whether charges are fair, just or reasonable, the one thing all sides agree on is the need for sustained investment in our water network.
It is in appalling order and needs enormous sums of money to bring it into line with EU standards. It must provide a clean, safe and secure supply for all householders and businesses, something it is simply not capable of delivering at the present, and which will require annual spending of some €500m a year for the foreseeable future.
And so it is somewhat worrying when the deputy leader of Sinn Fein, which styles itself as a party of government, gives a less-than-assuring outline of how it will fund these upgrades if it enters office. Mary Lou McDonald (pictured right) told RTE's 'Morning Ireland' yesterday that while it was "open" to a single utility being used to oversee the network, it simply could not countenance charging people for their domestic water supply.