Irish Water: chancing our arm won’t work any more

Irish  Water: chancing our arm won’t work any more
All at sea? John Tierney, chief executive of Irish Water, with Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at the Ringsend waste water plant last autumn. Picture: Bryan Meade

Eurostat’s verdict on Irish Water, which exposed months of ministerial bluster, is a disaster for communities hoping for much-needed infrastructure to end sewage pollution

The EU ruling that keeps Irish Water on the state’s books represents a disaster for most of the 44 towns, which have raw sewage pumping into their rivers, lakes and beaches. Just eight of them are currently in Irish Water’s €1.3 billion capital investment plan, which runs until the end of next year

The rest had been waiting for the next €5.5 billion investment programme, which was due to be delivered between 2017 and 2021....

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