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 Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats) | Oireachtas source

I thank the witnesses for their time, for coming in and for the work that has been done on this. On the consideration by the Government of the holding of a referendum, in terms of ensuring public confidence in our water treatment and wastewater infrastructure, it is important we have a referendum to enshrine public ownership of our water infrastructure in the Constitution. We have seen in other countries significant costs involved with the infrastructure being privatised. We have seen the water infrastructure in some countries and cities being renationalised and remunicipalised due to the lack of investment. That is an important point. On that consideration Mr. Ó Coigligh referred to, will he tell us more about that and whether any analysis has been done or reports compiled as part of that consideration?


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