Plug pulled on Water motion
CLLR Deirdre Wadding came in for scathing criticism by government party councillors after she called for a vote of no confidence in Irish Water and for the 12.5 per cent Corporate Tax Rate to apply to Apple.
Cllr Wadding brought the Irish Water motion due to the ongoing problems in Bishopswater estate, Wexford. She also asked her fellow councillors to join her in calling on the government to pursue Apple, among others, for unpaid tax and to use this money to alleviate the housing crisis, which she described as a national emergency.
Cllr Johnny Mythen seconded the Irish Water motion.
Cllr George Lawlor said he was struggling to understand Cllr Wadding's thinking.
'Bishopswater houses are 40 or 50 years ago. We have recently learned that lead piping was put in situ when houses were built. We are calling from here to abolish the people who are funding us to solve the problem of lead piping. We have 120,000 houses and I've sat in this chamber where people said there was no problem. The reason we know about this problem is Irish Water. The setting up of Irish Water was a disaster in a PR respect, but we had a leak in Maudlintown for three years and the council didn't have the resources or the inclination to solve the problem despite the fact the pipe was leaking 10,000 litres of water every hour.'
He said Irish Water spent €25,000 fixing this.
'We had a blue flag beach in Duncannon and due to a lack of investment there nobody can swim. In Enniscorthy investment is needed and we can't provide it. I support the grant scheme being introduced by Alan Kelly but don't shoot the messenger because Irish Water told us there is lead in the system.'
Cllr Davy Hynes supported the motion, saying: 'We should go back to the way it was.'
Cllr Wadding went on to criticise a 'soft touch' approach from the government towards multinational companies like Apple.
Cllr Lawlor said thousands of people are employed by multinational companies in this country.
Cllr Malcolm Byrne said there are €35 billion in exports from these companies which are huge employers.
'If we didn't have companies like Apple operating effectively in this country some of the services we have in place would not be funded. It's basic economics. It's very clear you don't understand their importance to this country.'