Irish Water was set up to manage the money not the water, according to Cllr Seamus Morris. With the first water nbills coming through letter boxes, he described the utility as “the latest vehicle for stealing our natural resources”.
Cllr Morris argued that the long-term future of the country cannot be positive as long as Uisce Éireann stands.
“That’s the symbol of all that’s wrong in this country; that business is the new bank that we’re bailing out. Uisce Éireann is the new Anglo,” he said.
Cllr Morris said that Uisce Éireann represented the old way of doing things.
“In that model, the market is left to decide policy. Do we trust the market, the nameless ones in suits with our children’s future? No, we do not,” said the SF councillor.
He stated that over E1bn in motor tax, property tax, and income tax revenue had already given to the company and yet othing in the ground has been fixed.
“All the money has been spent installing meters. Any other work done was scheduled while the councils were running things,” said Cllr Morris.
He warned that people in Tipperary should be afraid of what might happen to water in Tipperary if the go-ahead is given to pipe it to Dublin. In Dublin, they just call it the Shannon, but here we call it Lough Derg, he said.
“Uisce Éireann is the very thin edge of the wedge, the very symbol of how the Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil mindset brings us down. The sooner we can tear down that private company, and create instead An Roinn Uisce, a wholly State-owned and operated department, the sooner our country can move forward to a prosperous future,” said Cllr Morris.