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Taxpayers set to mop up Irish Water's mess

Since coming to power, this Government has made a mess of so many things that I really don't know where to start.

Last year we had the confusion that surrounded the introduction of the household charge followed by more confusion over elements of the Local Property Tax.

However, those two ill-fated initiatives pale into insignificance compared with the fiasco that is Irish Water.

We were told on its establishment that the company would be the most efficient and cost efficient agency in the State. What a load of cobblers that turned out to be.

It's now been claimed that Irish Water's running costs are twice those of water companies in England and Wales. (The company says these will drop over time.)

Some 29 staff of Irish water will have fat salaries over €100,000 a year and 100 of these could earn €15,000 each in bonuses annually.


This company has the audacity to pay bonuses to staff when most households are barely coping and wages and pensions are being slashed.

Indeed, Taoiseach Enda Kenny's statement that the average water bill would be around €240 a year has proved somewhat hopeful. Families with two parents and two kids will likely pay closer to €300.

So we're paying more out and Irish Water bosses could be getting more in - if they hit their targets.

When it comes to Irish Water there is only one thing that we can be sure of: hard-pressed taxpayers will pick up the bill.