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 believe the referendum should have been dealt with before we got to this stage. A number of Government Deputies and Senators made the point that a lot of mistakes were made with the setting up of Irish Water. If ever there was a comment that did not reflect the complete disaster that was the setting up of Irish Water and the water charges that were implemented, it is that. I wish to mention all the volunteers and campaigners who stood on roads and outside their houses. We hope we have put that behind us but I just wanted to recognise it at this meeting. It has been my first opportunity. Significant mistakes were made and a significant amount of money was wasted with the setting up of Irish Water.
The €5 million in expected costs-----