REMOVAL OF WATER SERVICES FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES CONDEMNED AS PRIVATISATION

24 February 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The intention by the Government to remove responsibility for the provision of water services from local authorities and vest them in a new public utility, Irish Water, was the subject of a lengthy and at times acrimonious debate at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council, with several contributors condemning the move as privatisation.
Described by Acting Co Manager David Fallon as the biggest change in local authority governance and functions since the transition of the health sector from Co Councils in 1971, the plan provoked considerable concern among the majority of the Council members.
A motion was passed on the proposal of Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy, seconded by Brian McKenna, calling on the Government to refrain from its plans to establish a statewide water utility company, “thus removing local accountability which will lead in our view to a poorer service for consumers.”
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