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‘Ming’ presents Minister with glass of dirty water in Dáil – The Irish Times – Thu, Dec 19, 2013

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has called an emergency meeting of the Dail’s Committee on Procedure and Privileges (CPP) today following an incident in which a TD presented a glass of dirty water to a Minister of State in the chamber.

Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim Luke “Ming’’ Flanagan described the quality of the water in his constituency as “glorified piss’’ and produced a glass of dirty water during the debate on the Water Services (No 2) Bill . The Bill paves the way for the introduction of water metering.

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‘Ming’ presents Minister with glass of dirty water in Dáil – The Irish Times – Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

The plunder of Ireland’s water by a private company is well underway with the news this morning! Dublin City Council ‘will lose €2bn in assets’ to Irish Water

City manager Owen Keegan says local authority will be left with €330m pensions liability

Owen Keegan: said the transfer posed “very significant financial and operational risks to the city council”

Owen Keegan: said the transfer posed “very significant financial and operational risks to the city council”

Dublin City  Council will be left with hundreds of millions in liabilities and will  lose some €2 billion in assets following the transfer of its services to Irish Water next month, city manager Owen Keegan has told councillors.

In what has been his stronger statement since becoming city manager  earlier this year, Mr Keegan said the transition was set to result in  higher charges for businesses, could damage the council’s ability to  respond to severe weather events, and was likely to cause “very  significant financial and operational risks to the city council” .

The council was facing pension liabilities  for water services staff of €330 million without the assets to fund them and this was the “ single most significant area of concern”, Mr Keegan  said. “In the normal course of events one would expect that when a  function transfers from one public service agency to another, public  service agency responsibility for legacy pensions associated with the  function would also transfer.”

‘Major liability’ Assets of approximately €2 billion were transferring to Irish Water “without  any compensation” to the council. These assets had been built not only  on funding from the government but from the commercial rates paid by the business people of the the city.

“It seems  unreasonable that a major liability relating to these assets will remain with the council notwithstanding the fact that the assets have  transferred to Irish Water. The pension liability is directly related to the underlying water assets and was incurred in developing and  maintaining those assets.”

The council was obliged to sign agreements to provide water services as agents of Irish Water  for the next 12 years, but although the transfer was due to take place  on January 1st next, the council had yet to be given a final draft of  the Service Level Agreement. However Mr Keegan said he had already been  made aware the council was to be left €1.7 million short of what was  needed to run water services in 2014.

‘Violation’ of principle This represented “a violation” of the principle that the council should be  recouped in full for the costs it incurs under the agreement, he said. “Local authorities should not be in a position where they are providing  services on behalf of Irish Water for which they will not be fully  reimbursed.”

If this budget deficit continued in  future years, the council would lack the capacity to react to unforeseen weather such as floods or freezes.

“In previous  years when there was severe weather we had no option but to respond, but if we are not going to recouped for it, that will put us in a very  difficult situation.”

A uniform national charge  was due to be set for businesses, which was likely to be higher than the current rate charged in the city. The council would be unable to  compensate business for any increase.

“It seems  likely that water charges will have to be increased, we won’t be able to compensate businesses for any increase. I personally think that is a  major loss.”

Mr Keegan also presented a report  from the council’s law department that pointed out that the published  Bill does not prohibit the sale of Irish Water or its assets.

He told councillors his predecessor as manager, Irish Water managing director John Tierney, and Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan were requested to attend or send representatives to last night’s meeting but declined.

source: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/dublin-city-council-will-lose-2bn-in-assets-to-irish-water-1.1630200#

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By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

Democracy is Dead in Ireland !

The plunder of Ireland’s natural resources (water) by a private company is well underway with the news this morning! Dublin City Council ‘will lose €2bn in assets’ to Irish Water! There is no other word to use here other than stealing from the Irish nation! This is treachery! Wholesale theft!  Enabled by the puppet government and their colluding self-serving councillor leaches around the country!

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