No Confidence Motion In Irish Water Defeated At Council Meeting

Tipperary County Council Civic Offices, Tipperary Town. Image © Tipp Mid West Radio

A motion of expressing no confidence in Irish Water was effectively defeated at yesterday’s meeting of Tipperary County Council.

The motion had been put forward by Cllrs David Dunne and Tony Black.

The Executive of Tipperary county council outlined how the structure is to change in on January 1st when a new company to be known as Uisce Eireann is to responsible for all water infrastructure and services.

The council executive says that councillors should bring their concerns to the direct attention of Irish water senior management and offered to invite the CEO of Irish Water Niall Gleeson to meet with the councillors about the changes planned for January 2023.

Tipperary TD Martin Browne has criticised the vote to amend the Motion of No Confidence and says that many councillors who, on a monthly basis, criticise Irish Water failed to back the motion.

Deputy Browne says the motion of no confidence is justified given the continued service interruptions, extended boil water notices in county Tipperary and a lack of effective communication from Irish Water.

Sinn Fein are calling for a return of Irish Water to local authority control.

Deputy Browne praised the 12 councillors who he said represented their constituents by voting against the counter motion.