RTE’s This Week programme has exposed the latest dodgy deal surrounding the establishment of the Irish Water quango.
The goings on in smoke filled backrooms is justification alone for Irish citizens refusal to pay the water tax.
Here’s an analysis of the dodgy dealing.
The following groups were involved.
Irish Water and the Dept. of the Environment representing the interests of Irish Water and the Government.
The County and City Managers Association (CCMA) which was representing the County and City Managers (I know, I couldn’t figure it out either) and, presumably, representing the workers of these entities.
The first decision, made by the groups with power, Irish Water, the Government and the CCMA, was to exclude the taxpayer.
It seems at least some meetings were held in secret and no minutes were kept during the most crucial meeting. This is standard practice in banana republics.
The second decision taken was that the taxpayer would pay for all agreements reached by the interested parties. There was no need to inform the taxpayer of this decision since the practice has been in place since the establishment of our banana republic.
Ok, so here’s how the deal went down.
The CCMA had information that Irish Water badly needed to ensure its successful establishment. The CCMA effectively blackmailed Irish Water by threatening to withhold or delay handing over the information unless their demands were met.
Irish Water and the Government quickly conceded to all demands. This was no problem since the non-represented taxpayer was paying for everything.
The agreements reached, if implemented, will cost Irish citizens countless millions over the years.
In my opinion the individuals involved in this agreement are traitors. They made their decisions in full knowledge of the pain and loss suffered by their fellow citizens since 2008, yet they ruthlessly went ahead anyway.
The unaccountable divvying up of our money by public officials, particularly when it’s done in secret; should be made a criminal act.
Dept. of Environment