My Motion to scrap Irish Water was passed 24 to 10 @ SDCC November
council meeting. 23 for 10 against

On 28 July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General
Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation
and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are
essential to the realisation of all human rights.

In November 2002, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights adopted General Comment No. 15 on the right to water. Article
I.1 states that “The human right to water is indispensable for leading
a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realization of
other human rights”.

Some Irish water Facts

* Nine staff members are on salaries between EURO 125,000 and EURO 149,999,
while another 19 are paid between EURO 100,000 and EURO 124,999.
* In all, 165 staff will qualify for bonuses of up to 6.5% of their
salary, while 65 are set be paid an extra 14%.
* Irish Water’s PPS demand was pushed through after two-minute debate
at Dáil subcommittee
* During its set-up phase, Irish Water famously blew EURO 50m of
taxpayers’ money on consultancy fees.
* Irish Water’s proposed operational costs budget of EURO 1.68bn.
* EURO 180m set up costs.
* EURO 5.1m in top-up payments to 940 employees.
* Householders with a suspected water leak face a minimum call-out
charge of EURO 188 from Irish Water
* Also The company has also sought permission to charge a minimum
call-out fee for working out of office hours of EURO 282 for the first
hour and EURO 141 for any additional hour.

All this and more and on the other hand , In an environment where 10%
go to bed hungry and 21% of these are children , with the introduction
of an extra tax in the form of Universal social charges , extra tax of
Property tax , Utility bill increases , Travel Increases etc The
Government thought lets introduce a water charge. Let’s hit the Irish
people’s pockets again. Well a lot of Irish people are saying No way
we won’t pay and that The Bankers got a bailout we got sold out.

Put the water Meters into the same place as the PPARS HSE computer
system that wasted EURO 60m and the Electronic voting system that wasted
EURO 51m.

The people of Ireland are rising. We have had enough of water charges,
double taxes, Universal Social Charges and all other Austerity that
people have had to endure under Fine Gael and Labour government.
People have reached there limits.120,000 plus people have marched out
on to the streets and send a very Clear message to the Government
enough is enough.

I support and call for water charges to be scrapped. Enough is Enough
there is no more left to give. People are loosing there homes , people
are living in Poverty and people are struggling.