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
I am on the campus and I thank the witnesses for their statements and answers. My question is slightly tangential but perhaps they could answer it. Does the Bill give powers to fast-track the construction of infrastructure? The County and City Management Association noted last week that it takes three to five years to procure water and waste plants and it did not see this changing. I say this in light of the fact we are in a housing crisis and Irish Water has existed since 2013. If the Bill does not cover this, from the knowledge of the witness of the process, does he know if the company has such powers? It appears the existing infrastructure and company set-up is not performing to provide the required infrastructure for the housing that is needed. If the company does not have these powers, is the Department considering pursuing avenues to fast-track these projects?