The Green Party Mayor of Galway City Cllr Niall Ó Brolcháin today said that Minister Roche cannot avoid blame over the fiasco that has left 90,000 Galway residents without a clean water supply for almost a month.
Mr Ó Brolcháin said: "The Minister said that disastrous mistakes made by Council management over a number of years caused this crisis.
"Dick Roche seems to be forgetting that, as the minister responsible for local government, those same officials on whom he is now trying to lay blame, are answerable to him, and to him alone. The buck ultimately stops with Minister Roche.
"There is no doubt that the unelected officials in charge of capital spending – and the infamous €21.5m designated for the upgrade of the Terryland water treatment plant – have dragged their feet.
"If we look at the probable causes of the cryptosporidium outbreak, rather than focussing solely on Galway's grossly inadequate water treatment facilities, it becomes even more evident that the fingerprints of Minister Roche and his cabinet colleagues are all over this mess.
"Water quality in Lough Corrib, which is the source of Galway City's water supply, has been continuously and seriously degraded over the lifetime of this Government."