If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

Irish Water costs opening a floodgate

How do we rate our Government and its individual ministers? Is it by the promises they make or by their performance? Why do we not put more pressure on ministers to save money?

According to media reports, there has been a considerable increase in litigation, which has added to the burden that taxpayers and consumers have been paying over the last four years.

During that period, the cost of services provided under government control, such as education, health insurance, electricity and gas, etc, has increased by 11.5%, or almost 3% per annum.

Goods and services provided by the private sector have increased by 3% over the four-year period, by 0.75% per annum.

In England, when bankers make mistakes, the bank alone has to bear its recovery costs; in Ireland, they are passed onto the consumer.

Now, witness the fiasco in the establishment of Irish Water, and how the minister involved has no qualms about how he intends to solve the cost of staffing.

He has no qualms about pushing an extra cost of €2bn onto water consumers.

Why does this minister not consider a sensible, less costly way of starting Irish Water, by selecting 100 or so employees from the existing set-up, roughly 15 or 16 from each sector, and when they are settled in, transfer another few hundred and continue, over a couple of years, until he has a fully staffed Irish Water?

What difference does it really make whether we get Irish Water in this century or the next?

Richard Prendergast
Rathcormac
Co Cork


Lifestyle

Spring has sprung and a new Munster festival promises to celebrate its arrival with gusto, says Eve Kelliher.Spring has sprung: Munster festival promises to celebrate with gusto

The spotlight will fall on two Munster architects in a new showcase this year.Munster architects poised to build on their strengths

Prepare to fall for leather, whatever the weather, says Annmarie O'Connor.Trend of the week: It's always leather weather

The starting point for Michael West’s new play, in this joint production by Corn Exchange and the Abbey, is an alternative, though highly familiar, 1970s Ireland. You know, elections every few weeks, bad suits, wide ties, and a seedy nexus of politics and property development.Theatre Review: The Fall of the Second Republic at Abbey Theatre, Dublin

More From The Irish Examiner