Motorists have “right to know”

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has said that Donegal motorists have a right to know just how much of their motor tax has been pumped into the Government’s “super quango,” Irish Water.

Following questions from Fianna Fáil, it’s been confirmed that the Government has handed over hundreds of millions worth of motor taxes to Irish Water, instead of investing that money in our roads and transport infrastructure.

Deputy McConalogue said: “People pay their motor tax in good faith, expecting that their money will be invested back in our roads. They are now angry to learn that instead, more than €37 million worth of motor taxes from Donegal was diverted to pay for Irish Water last year alone.

“Irish Water has been an outrageously expensive and unnecessary venture that has cost taxpayers dearly. €180 was spent on establishing the super quango, with €90 million spent on consultants alone.

“Taxpayers are also expected to foot the bill for the water metering process at a cost of €540. And not one extra cent of this has gone towards fixing a leaky pipe or addressing problems with supply in the county.”