Irish Water as part of the EU-IMF bailout agreement, commenced January 2014, when its chief executive admitted that it had already spent €50m on consultants.
There’s the €180m spent establishing the company, much of which went on consultants.
This was followed by a controversy involving the organisation’s collection of PPS numbers and outrage over a proposed bonus scheme structure for its employees.
Also, no one was clear exactly how much they would have to pay.
Deadlines have been continually moved.
There are suspicions it will eventually be fully privatised, although this government has vowed that will “never” happen and that it would necessitate a referendum. See (brief explain) https://medium.com/@beyourownreason/nprf-isif-newera-ntma-4c52f09c7ff6
Free allowances of water for children was supposed to be 38,000 litres a year, but ended up at almost half that – 21,000 litres.
There is also dis-satisfaction as regards the collection of rainwater, which will require a written permission from Irish Water.
Here is a comprehensive timeline on Irish Water.
It is an austerity, troika charge. It is the commodification of a public good. It is already paid for through progressive tax. There are very fears for of it’s Privatisation agenda.
Irish Water has become a tangible symbol of austerity and it’s imminent demise is a testament to what it’s possible to achieve through cohesive & determined opposition, but it’s just a symptom of the disease that is the IMF.
This brings on on to the other movement I am going to discuss.