Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

General Scheme of the Water Services Separation Bill 2021: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Photo of Paul McAuliffePaul McAuliffe (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I may have more scope to examine that issue as a member of the Committee of Public Accounts. That may be an early warning for Mr. Ó Coigligh. There is a widespread political commitment relating to public ownership. The mechanism for doing that is the share of the Minister. We know from the past that can be changed by Government decision. What work has been done to try to ensure permanent public ownership? Should there be amendments to the Bill that would, for example, require a vote of the Dáil rather than just a decision of the Minister?


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