Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, to facilitate an immediate all party briefing on the River Shannon to Dublin pipeline project that is being proposed by Irish Water. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Joint Committee on Housing, of which he is a member, received an analysis which suggests that Irish Water’s position on the project is rife with basic mathematical errors and misleading statements about its necessity:
“The document we have received from Kennedy Analysis makes for absolutely terrifying reading in terms of the utter waste of hundreds of millions of euros of public money.
Emma Kennedy, whom I met last week has forensically de-constructed Irish Water’s estimates for this project and has clearly demonstrated that at the very least a complete overhaul of the entire project is necessary.
As the Kennedy Analysis proves, Dublin’s problem is that its water mains are in a third world state of decay having been neglected for decades. 57% of the water put into the supply system pours through holes in its pipes into the ground and never reaches the taps. 57% leakage is astonishing and far from normal. The Shannon-Dublin Pipeline project does absolutely nothing to address this despite the suggestion that we spend €1.2 billion constructing it!
The Kennedy Analysis also shows that The OECD carried out a study in 2016 observing leakage levels in cities across the world. Only 4 cities had leakage levels over 40%: all of them were in Mexico (Dublin did not take part in the study).
How will constructing this pipeline address this scandal? It will not.
Minister Murphy must call a halt to this project. If the Minister does not reply, I fully intend to organise as much cross party support as possible to highlight this monstrous waste of public money,” concluded Deputy McGrath.