Faulty report justifying spend on meters revealed in new Irish Water book

The cost-benefit analysis given to the Fine Gael-Labour cabinet in 2011 predicted that the meters would pay for themselves because people would cut their consumption of water by 10 per cent

22nd September, 2019
Eamon Gilmore and Enda Kenny clashed over the Irish Water project Picture: Photocall

Government ministers were given a secret report, which turned out to contain serious flaws, to justify the spending of €467 million on water meters.

The cost-benefit analysis given to the Fine Gael-Labour cabinet in 2011 predicted that the meters would pay for themselves because people would cut their consumption of water by 10 per cent.

But the estimates by civil servants of people’s water usage turned out to be wrong, so the promised level of savings would...

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