Tuesday February 25, 2020

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

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

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
2nd August, 2015
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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

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...

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