Government Shuts Down Irish Water Complaint Mechanism -McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said the decision by government to remove complaints about Irish Water from the remit of The Ombudsman’s office is heavy handed and smacks of political arrogance. Deputy McGrath who had sought the establishment of an independent Water Ombudsman as part of a Private Members Bill (PMB) said the move will only serve to make Irish Water more of a law unto itself:

“The decision by the Ombudsman to publicly criticise this move is a worrying insight into the free hand which this government has given to Irish Water.

It effectively means that there is now no independent oversight of this monstrosity and that is an absolute scandal.

For the government to say that the Energy Regulator (CER) will deal with whatever complaints arise is an insult to the intelligence of the Irish people.

I advocated for the immediate establishment of a fully independent Water Ombudsman to specifically avoid this kind of situation occurring.

The assurances I was given during the debate on my Water Services (No.2) Amendment Bill have clearly proven to be utterly meaningless.

This is further proof, were it needed, that this governments word is nothing but a litany of hollow promises,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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