that a large portion of the motor tax receipts is being handed over as a subvention to Irish Water.
My colleague, Fianna Fáil committee member and Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Sean Fleming brought this information to light while questioning senior officials from the Department of Environment at the PAC.
It was revealed that €290m from motor taxation was given as a subvention to Irish Water by the department in 2014.
Deputy Fleming said: “People are paying on the treble here for Irish Water. The public have paid for the water infrastructure through general taxation, they will be receiving bills from Irish Water shortly and now they are finding out they’re propping up Irish Water with their motor tax as well. People will be utterly shocked to hear this news.”
“Irish Water is a financial fiasco and the sooner the Government accepts this the better.”