O'Dowd: I told them Irish Water would be unmitigated disaster

O'Dowd: I told them Irish Water would be unmitigated disaster
Fergus O'Dowd

The politician formerly responsible for Irish Water has said he could have avoided the issues the Government is now trying to fix, but he was not listened to.

Fergus O'Dowd said he warned the Government about most of the problems it is now trying to repair.

The Fine Gael TD was the junior minister who was responsible for the original laws creating Irish Water.

Speaking in the Dáil last night, he said he had been ignored by senior officials - including Phil Hogan.

"The fact is I said Irish Water would be an unmitigated disaster at a high-level meeting in the Department (of the Environment). All the senior officials and the Minister were there," he said.

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