Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow. Fighting for job creation, economic justice and political reform.

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Water Ownership Must Be Put to the People

Water Ownership Must Be Put to the People

The people of Wicklow have been crystal clear on what they want to happen – Full and permanent public ownership of our water system. It is essential. I tabled a Bill to that effect last year, and I welcome the support that Deputy Collins’ Bill has received in the Dail this week. The Bill was...
Accounting for the Water Charge

Accounting for the Water Charge

This analysis was conducted during the initial Dáil debates on Irish Water. It was done with a view to understanding how much money would be raised, net of the costs of raising it, that could be invested in upgrading the water system. The analysis is high-level, as the internal costings for Irish Water operations are...
Irish Water and a Raging Torrent of Inconvenient Truths

Irish Water and a Raging Torrent of Inconvenient Truths

Throughout the week, Irish Water and Fine Gael/Labour were killed telling us the good news – they’d be able to find lots of leaks, and fix them – all thanks to those water meters. No business case has been presented, but even a cursory glance at the figures shows that they’ll be the most expensive...
The Numbers for Irish Water Just Don't Add Up

The Numbers for Irish Water Just Don’t Add Up

Last night the Dáil debated Irish Water…there was a lot of understandable emotion on all sides of the House, but I thought it would be useful to bring the stark facts back to the table: 1. The money paid by Irish households will not be used to pay for water…it will be used to pay...
Irish Water debate shut down

Irish Water debate shut down

After many hours of debate on Irish Water, late last on the night of Thursday, December 11, 2014, we managed to get figures from the Minister suggesting there could be a net cost to the State of imposing water charges – that it’ll cost more to collect the money than the amount raised. While the...
The Ceann Comhairle didn't like my Irish Water amendments

The Ceann Comhairle didn’t like my Irish Water amendments

Here’s what I had to say on the first night that the Dáil discussed the committee stage of the new Irish Water legislation. 75% of my amendments had been ruled out of order by the Ceann Comhairle, which I was not pleased about. Rather than the plebiscite that the Minister proposes, I tabled a Bill...