Sunday 15 September 2019

Wexford councillor willing to go to jail


By David Tucker

PEOPLE Before Profit councillor Deirdre Wadding says she will willingly go to jail if Irish Water carries out a threat to prosecute her removing her water meter.

'I received correspondence with Irish Water on Thursday, 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,' she said.

Cllr Wadding handed back her water meter to representative of Irish Water when they turned up at County Hall last week to canvass members on how the company can better serve the electorate.

'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.'

Cllr Wadding said that when she handed the meter back last week she had already shown it to the guards 'with a frank admission that I had removed it'.

'When I pointed out it was in perfect nick they laughed and said it was up to IW (Irish Water) to pursue it.

She said that she had removed the meter herself.

'It's a simple process, lots of people around the country are doing it for themselves. But if they want help there are "water fairies" online who will respond to a call,' she said.

Wexford People

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