O'Dowd, Fergus

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government Debate


National Oversight and Audit Commission: Chairperson Designate

I am sorry I am late. One of the reasons, about which the Cathaoirleach will be glad to hear, is that there was a dog on the M1. I do not know if it was a Fianna Fáil dog or not. It caused a bit...More Button

I welcome Mr. McCarthy to the committee. I know he has been the chairperson of committees and is very knowledgeable. I wish to make a number of small points. The accountability of local govern...More Button

The other point relates to the annual budget. Councillors have always had a statutory role in passing the local authority finance provisions but they never had the time or expertise to go throug...More Button

Water Advisory Body: Discussion

I welcome our guests. The interaction my constituents and I have had with Irish Water is top-class. Irish Water goes the extra mile to help the individual. That is important in the work it is do...More Button

There was an occasion at the Donore reservoir when the water supply system collapsed. There was inadequate emergency planning, which meant the water supply for the town of Drogheda and east Coun...More Button

Due to incidents and accidents such as this, as well as climate change and acts of God, I am concerned about water supply in the greater Dublin area. What role does the advisory body have in tha...More Button

I have had many problems and issues with Irish Water in the past. There is an outstanding issue that involves transparency, notwithstanding everything ...More Button

I acknowledge Dr. McGowan's comments but I still have to make my point clearer. The key failure that might occur in the State in terms of water supply is a collapse in the Dublin system. The key ...More Button

Dr. McGowan did not comment on the question I raised about the transparency of the organisation, which is accountable under freedom of information, and about how it can say that some of its meeti...More Button