Referendum is the most ‘straightforward’ way to keep Irish Water in public ownership

A briefing paper from the Department of Housing outlines four wording options for water referendum to help protect jobs of 3,000 workers

18th July, 2021
Referendum is the most ‘straightforward’ way to keep Irish Water in public ownership
A briefing paper prepared by the Department of Housing for public sector unions has outlined four wording options for a water referendum. These include guaranteeing that all water resources remain in public ownership, or that all public water infrastructure remains in public ownership.

A government briefing paper has suggested that holding a referendum to keep Irish Water in public ownership may be “more straightforward” than other options.

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 privitisated.

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

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