In an article for The Irish Telegraph newspaper, Professor Ian McEwan, who is currently studying at University College Dublin, describes how he has been involved in the Irish Water project, and his understanding of the issues raised.
In a previous article, McEwen said he has met with officials at the project site, and he has spoken to representatives from the Irish government.
However, the Irish Times article notes that the Irish Department of Transport and Communications (DATC) has not released any official comments on the issues being raised, despite repeated requests.
It also notes that it has asked the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for details about the project’s environmental impacts.
“It is a significant and potentially controversial project,” McEwin wrote.
“We should be doing more to understand the impact of this project, the impact it may have on water supplies, on rural and coastal communities, and the impact that it may cause to future generations.”
In the article, he also notes the role of water companies in the water infrastructure of Ireland.
“These companies are major beneficiaries of this government.
They are heavily invested in water infrastructure and water supply systems, and in particular the public water system, the infrastructure that supplies the rest of the country.”
The Irish Times says that the article does not include any discussion of the project, or of any of the claims made by the Irish Environment Minister Michael Creed.
The article also notes how the Irish Minister for Water, Michael Creed, is the Chair of the Irish Government’s water policy advisory group, with the title of ‘Leading up to the Dáil (Irish Parliament)’.