Friday 20 September 2019

Wadding willing to go to jail after removing water meter

Cllr Deirdre Wadding.
Cllr Deirdre Wadding.

By Esther Hayden

Cllr Deirdre Wadding said she is willing to go to jail after she removed her water meter and returned it to Irish Water.

Cllr Wadding returned the water meter to the company last Monday when officials were at Wexford County Council to meet with councillors.

'I received correspondence with Irish Water on Thursday, January 15, and they said that removing the meter was 'an offence under Section 74 of the Water Services Act 2007 which is punishable by a fine of up €5,000, three months imprisonment or both. They said they are currently deciding what to do.'

Cllr Wadding would have to be found guilty in court of the offence before any of the above sanctions could be applied.

'If they bring me to court and I'm fined I certainly won't be paying a one cent of that fine. They can send me to jail if they want. I will happily, willingly and knowingly go to jail over this because I think the whole fiasco has to change.

'If it takes me going to prison I will do that. If I have to put my neck on the block I will. I owe that to the people who voted for me and the people I represent. If Irish Water want to use me as a test case they can.'

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