52 thoughts on “The Meter Olympics

  1. Rob_G

    Great news for Dennis O’Brien and Siteserv, they get another few tens of thousands of euro to put back in all the stolen water meters.

    Not so great news for the taxpayer, who will have to foot the bill in the end.

    1. Zarathustra

      Apparently ‘their great’ for rounders, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

        1. Zarathustra

          Ha, ha, I read that earlier and I immediately thought of you, Mr Cub – you de mane man!

  2. FFS

    Fair play to them, soon enough Irish water will be abolished though and Siteserv will get the contract to REMOVE the water meters. Irish solution to an Irish problem.

  3. newsjustin

    People “taking ownership of their communities” is fine. But unless they’re harvesting rainwater and cleaning it, they have no source of fresh drinking water. Ditto electricity, gas, food, petrol, etc. In the real world, people pay for things.

      1. Drogg

        We so pay for water. We pay from income tax and motor tax. Fine if you are happy to pay a third time for a bonus culture quango. But most of us are not.

          1. DoM

            Given our budget situation, what is it you’re NOT paying for? Because it’s definitely something!

          2. DD

            I am not going to pay Fine Gael and Labour’s new water tax.

            Is that clear enough for you?

          3. #Selfie Face

            DD do you copy and paste that response for every Irish water comment? Please do tell how you already pay since we take in less than we spend? Shinners school of economics.

    1. ahjayzis

      There is a bill from the 90’s that explicitly provided for the increasing of VAT and Motor Tax to pay for water.

      Unless someone is somehow entirely self-sufficient apart from needing water, they already pay. TRY to comprehend that.

      1. DoM

        And now that part of the tax take is being used for something else, and water is being charged for separately. You’re entitled to disagree that this is what should happen, but you’re not entitled to claim that the budget decisions from the 90s trump how the current government have decided to allocate the tax take. That’s quite clearly not how our system works.

        1. fmong

          “And now that part of the tax take is being used for something else,”

          like absorbing Siteservs losses and paying back interest on loans to save broken banks

  4. veritas

    Could BS publish an article to tell me how to hotwire my neighbour’s Porsche or how to tunnel into the local bank.

  5. Clampers Outside!

    He’s doing it for his own benefit, as he says himself

    “I always had the goo to get1 up on this country!”

    This is not an individual out to wrong a right, it’s a twit with jib on his shoulder.

  6. Jessica Carroll

    “people come together as a community”

    Yeah, of people that are all on the dole. There should be an IQ test required in order to receive social welfare.

    1. Drogg

      Funny that everyone I know who is against the water charges are gainfully employed. Maybe you need to cop the fupp on and realise in this country we help the less fortunate.

    2. DD

      There should be an IQ test required for people who assume that those opposed to the water tax are automatically on the dole.

        1. Joe the Lion

          and you can’t make him drink as he’s already paid for it twice – hay!!!

    1. Drogg

      Well if all the money that we where paying in tax over the years for water had have gone back into the system then we would have the best system in Europe.

  7. JunkFace

    The only thing is, they need the water meters to find out where all of the leaks are so that new pipes and repairs can be made. I’m not happy about the water charges but the constant leaks are a waste of money too.

    1. scottser

      no they don’t. local authorities have been identifying leaks and maintenance upgrades for years before they handed over the data to IW. it’s an oul cod is all.

  8. mthead

    I think this is people who instinctively feel that water being treated as a commodity (via regressive taxation or “charges”), is wrong.
    For many this is initial engagement with politics.
    I hope they hang in there, and find some more productive means of engagement.

  9. wearnicehats

    As long as the cost of putting them back in is levied onto the individual houses that have had them removed then let them get on with it. Don’t even bother arresting them or taking them to court – it only makes them think they’re martyrs

  10. fmong

    Great to see the anti-water protester trolls back out and commenting.. not a sign of you when there’s a post critical of DO’B, the sale of siteserv or FGs handing of both.

  11. kerryview

    It seems to me that if some people don’t wish to have metered water, let them dismantle the meter. At the same time the water pipe should be stoppered. If they need water just hop on down to the spar and get a bath size bottle of water. I’m sure Ballygowan just give it away.

        1. Zuppy International

          Citizen’s pay for everything; that’s how the State works.

          Would you pay twice/thrice for your electricity?

          1. Kieran NYC

            Fake Zuppy is fake.

            The real Zuppy would reject the concept of the ‘State’ as popularly defined, who are illegally attempting to claim a modicum of authority over sovereign land (Zuppy’s house).

            Try harder, Fake Zuppy!

          2. Zuppy International

            Stop avoiding the question: How many times are you prepared to pay for electricity?

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