Alarm at claims that motor tax will fund Irish Water

Alarm at claims that motor tax will fund Irish Water
The claim that some motor tax revenue will be used to pay for the day-to-day running of Irish Water has been greeted with anger in Longford where there is much disquiet about the increasing number of potholes emerging on local roads.

The claim that some motor tax revenue will be used to pay for the day-to-day running of Irish Water has been greeted with anger in Longford where there is much disquiet about the increasing number of potholes emerging on local roads.

Motor tax revenue goes to the local authorities but a sitting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee last week heard around one in four of every euro taken from motor tax would go towards Irish Water.

Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Cllr Mark Casey hit out at the claims that emerged over the utlility’s day-to-day running.

He said questions needed to asked given that more and more roads across the county have fallen foul of increasing traffic volumes and sub-zero temperatures.

“Irish Water has proved to be nothing more than a failed entity,” he said.

“The Government has continued to ignore the concerns of people which will be to their detriment at the next election.

“People have already been paying for their water, their taxes haven’t reduced and yet they are paying for an entity that is fundamentally flawed.”

During that PAC meeting, members were informed more than €860m would be diverted to Irish Water taken from the country’s motor tax funds over the next three years.

They were figures Cllr Casey roundly condemned.

A long-time opponent of water charges, the Ballymahon area representative warned new concerns about its overall cost would only heighten public distrust in the company.

“This is not about water conservation because if it was there wouldn’t be a flat charge on it.

“This was never about conserving water because there are farmers out there who have gone and fixed their own leaks and their bills have gone up even though they are using less water.

“ All this is is a money-making exercise by stealth.”

Turning his dissatisfaction to those behind its introduction, he said politicians at national level had lost touch with those that had elected them.

“Look, no organisation in the world has had as many deadlines as Irish Water,” he sternly added.

“It’s quite amazing they are offering to pay people €100 to register and to hear Fine Gael councillors in Longford encouraging it is like asking a turkey to eat more for Christmas, “ he said, before concluding: “These lackeys of the Government need to stop.”