Irish Water spends Eur50m on consultants last year. Are you kidding me? This is yet another example of the Irish political system being utterly out of touch with the reality of ordinary citizens trying to make ends meet. As a mum on a very tight (and small) budget I know the value of money and how best to manage the money we have to survive on. But unfortunately State Agencies – like this newly formed one – don’t have to budget because they simply squeeze the middle classes for the cash. I’m not happy at having to pay for my water but understand the deal has been done.
However, it completely beggars belief that after all the hardship ordinary decent families have had to endure over the past number of years that no lessons have been learned by the government.
We have to tighten our belts but government-owned companies like Irish Water continue to splash the cash on Quangos knowing that they are completely unaccountable for their actions.
And in case you think it is just the Government-owned companies who are completely out of touch, the Energy Regulator – who is supposed to be a watchdog on our behalf – has said Irish Water can increase the unit cost of water if supply proves less than expected.
So, ladies and gentlemen of the squeezed middle, if you choose to share showers, cut back to one cuppa a day and ditch your dishwasher in a bid to keep your water bill down, Irish Water can drown out your savings by upping the unit cost. Now, more than ever, we need a voice of reason and some basic common sense in the way we govern this country as we cannot continue to ask the middle classes to keep picking up the tab for incompetency.
Vote Deirdre O’Donovan Independent No 1.