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Environment

Irish Water and Irish Government- The Monstrosity that Never Fails to get Worse…

We have been getting a number of queries re the latest Government move to introduce legislation that would allow attachment orders to be used, in order to collect debt for unpaid utility bills, like ‘Irish Water’. Here’s my take on it –

Firstly - Revenue are not involved. This attachment order idea is a separate process, arising from a civil court debt process.

Secondly - Irish Water is designed to be separate from Government. This new legislation will not mean that Water Bills are collected like Property Tax - this is completely different. This legislation is designed to address unpaid debt for all utilities and the like - not just Irish Water. It can only apply after a court process has taken place.

Thirdly - So if you don't pay for 15 months and after a court hearing dealing with same, they may like to apply an attachment order - but will only be able to do so, when that same attachment order does not bring the individual concerned below a certain income threshold.

Fourthly – If any individual, like myself, feels that water should be taxed through central taxation, rather than through this entity called ‘Irish Water’, I suggest ye can relax for now, wait for the outcome of the next general election, and take another look at it all then.

All the Best,

Mick.

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Now that the People have begun to stand up for themselves, Ireland is a different place...

 

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government following on from the recent CIAT meetings, if he will include Architectural Technicians and Architectural Technologists to act as assigned designers/certifiers under SI 9 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- Mick Wallace.

For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 17th September, 2014.

REPLY

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. P. Coffey)

I am aware of the valuable contribution to the construction industry that is made by architectural technologists .I welcome and support the recent moves made by both the Royal Instituteof Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Chartered Instituteof Architectural Technologists (CIAT) to put this important discipline on a professional footing. My Department met with both bodies on 17 July 2014with a view to hearing their plans and determining how such plans may be progressed. The main outcome of that meeting was that both bodies would work together and with relevant stakeholders to develop an agreed common standard for Architectural Technologist in line with the National Qualifications Framework. The regulation of professions is in the first instance a matter for industry representatives working in concert with relevant industry stakeholders . Neither I, as Minister, nor my Department,have any role in the assessment or validation of professional qualifications. Nevertheless,where robust arrangements for the regulation of key disciplines such as that of Architectural Technologist can be achieved,in a manner capable of serving the public interest for quality and safety in the built environment at a reasonable economic cost to consumers,I wouldbe happy to sponsor legislation to place such arrangements on a statutory footing. In relation to the statutory certificates of compliance now required under the Building Control Regulations 1997-2014 , it is entirely appropriate that such certificates must be given by relevant, competent, registered professionals. It should be borne in mind that inclusion on the existing statutory registers of Architect and Building Surveyor is open to persons who can demonstrate that they possess the requisite competence in the design and oversight of construction projects. Pending developments in the regulation of their own discipline,I would encourage Architectural Technologists who have acquired the necessary competence to pursue the routes to registration that are currently open to themunder the Building Control Act 2007. I understand that the statutory registers of architects and building surveyors already include a number of RIAI and CIAT technologists who arethus now in a position to avail of the significant opportunities to actas design certifiers and assigned certifierson relevant construction projects.

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Irish Water have commenced fitting water metres in different parts of the country and its noteworthy that neither the Local Authority nor the newly formed Irish Water have taken the bother to send out an information leaflet that might inform the people about just what is going on. We do understand that the project is basically about structuring an arrangement whereby the people must begin to pay directly for water. And a little bit of forward thinking does lead one to suspect that the long term plan is to structure water use in Ireland in such a way as to allow it to be sold to a private consortium. This is hardly surprising, given that much of the behaviour of this Fine Gael/ Labour Government is driven by a neo liberal agenda.

When you join the dots, it would be unfair of anyone to suggest that this lack of information is unusual. No doubt there is probably some information available on the internet but when the Government wants to provide some political spin to the public, it is likely to be done through hard copy and the postal system – just in case anyone is missed. Welcome to the new way of doing Government – for those who remain to be convinced, just check out beneath the surface in the new ‘Freedom of Information Bill’, which is designed to hide how Government operates, rather than reveal it.

Today, Owen Dunbar, an activist in the Gorey area, had an experience with an ‘Irish Water’ worker – here’s Owens brief summary of same-

“Just had a very one sided conversation with an operative of Uisce or Irish Water Board who was working in the Ashwood Grove area of Gorey in relation to the fitting of smart water meters. I asked him what levels of radiation did the smart meters emit and his answer was that he did not know and had never seen one. He then flippantly told me " Sure don’t mobile phones emit radiation"; I said they may do but they do so below the permitted levels. I must say, I found him very unhelpful .I then took the phone number on the side of his van and when I got home I phoned the number and spoke to an operative and asked her for some info re smart meters. She started to tell me some details and I requested some written information. She informed me that she would have to record my details and would send on the information I requested - I thanked her and hung up. 10 minutes later she phoned me back to say I would have to apply to them in writing to receive the information I had requested. Talk about red tape, all designed to put you off…”

Interesting times we’re living in…

Mick Wallace.

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