There’s another Water Protest on today and as well intention as the protestors will be, I’m afraid it’s going to be a waste of time and simply an excuse for the main anti-water politicians to canvas for your vote.
In 2012 Waterford staged it’s biggest ever public protest in an attempt to save its Hospital. Over three years later, the hospital is in the worst condition that its ever been in. The Government does not pay attention to public protests and that that should have been a painful lesson for all.
Today is an election canvas for the anti-water politicians and nothing more. The government does not listen to its people, so alternative methods are needed.
I haven’t registered with Irish Water and I obviously haven’t given them a cent. The recent Seanad vote to take the bills from wages and social welfare is going to be a disaster for this government and whatever government comes next. As soon as the money is taken from people, crime will inevitably rise, as will homelessness and inevitably suicide. This is nazi type stuff.
As much as I agree with the intentions of the posters, – and the election candidates that will join them – today, I don’t agree with the method. It hasn’t worked before and it’s not going to work today either.
I posted this 2 years ago, and it’s worth reading again:
Irish Water: a synopsis so far.
Ireland goes bankrupt and the Troika calls for more taxes.
Water meters are decided upon and a plan to build Irish Water are hatched.
Siemens, a company with massive resources and know-how in this area – and also with a massive installed base in the UK – offer to install the meters for free.
Phil Hogan declines Siemens’ offer – no answer as to why he decided this was ever forthcoming – “just, no – we have an Irish solution to this”
Both Siemens and industry analysts are baffled as to why a state would go for a far more expensive solution.
Denis O Brien, the man accused by a High Court Judge to have “beyond all doubt” bribed a FG government to gain control of a a state asset (Esat)- and to have subsequently made hundreds of millions by selling same – “purchases” a company called Siteserv which specialises in the installation of water meters.
This is about a year before the water meter tender.
Now, numerous European companies also wanted to buy Siteserv and offered way more money for the company (which then owed €100 million to Anglo Irish Bank and was completely insolvent).
The Irish Government (weirdly again FG) – (or actually you, Mr(s). Irish Taxpayer) gave the company to Denis O Brien with the €100 million owed to Anglo (now state owned – i.e. by you) written off. It’s not written off for you, the taxpayer – you still pay it – it’s just that Denis doesn’t, got it?
Some gamble for Denis to buy a company with €100 million written off and with no guarantee of a lucrative water meter contract.
A business in an area where he has no previous experience or competence.
Siteserv subsequently bids in the EU tendering process and, lo and behold, wins. The contract is for hundreds of millions of Euros.
Now, enter Irish Water.
The CEO of which used to be the financial officer of an organisation which spent €100 million of Irish taxpayer’s money on the, according to the EU, illegal process to build an incinerator in Dublin.
No incinerator was ever built or will ever be built but €100 million, again of your money, is gone – and John is now the CEO of Irish Water.
No minutes of meetings – which spent €100 million of your money were ever recorded – the money is just gone.
John then installs his homeboys and homegirls from the Poolbeg project to Irish Water – citing the abysmal salaries at Irish Water as the reason why nobody else would apply for these jobs.
People who were direct beneficiaries of the illegal Poolbegl scam are now newly fledged semi-state employees.
Paid for by you, the taxpayer – again.
The biggest langer in this solar system is the Irish taxpayer.
This is just the latest episode of the calamity that is Ireland Inc.
We haven’t a fcuking chance – no matter who we vote for.
But, we’re great craic.
Heh heh heh
I wish we could all agree, en masse to not give them a penny.