Irish Water

Unions push for date on referendum to ensure Irish Water is not privatised

The issue is a key one for water service employees who fear they could lose their rights as public sector workers

Irish Water was set up in 2013 to manage the state’s water infrastructure. Picture:

Unions are putting pressure on the government to name a date for a referendum to keep Irish Water in public ownership.

Ever since Irish Water was set up in 2013, there have been demands for a referendum to guarantee that the state’s water service can never be privatisated.

It has been a red-line issue for the 3,000 water service workers still based in councils who want this referendum held before they transfer over to working ...