No Refunds For Eejitry

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I am one of the eejits who paid the water charges, not because I was ever less than apoplectic at the antics of Irish Water’s superbly entitled bosses, but because I’m sick of living in a supposedly developed country where people have to boil tap water to make it drinkable and where raw sewage pours into the sea.

“And I don’t want my money back. I don’t want a cheque to frame as souvenir of my own eejitry.

…What I would like is that instead of being the last act in a long-running farce that made a mockery of our democracy, the money we paid be used for a decent democratic experiment. There’s €178 million in a pot and the Government has decided that it belongs to those who paid their water charges. So let us (and us alone) decide collectively how to spend it.

One of these options would, of course, be simply to pay the money back to the individual householders.

…But I suspect most people would be much happier to see their money used to achieve something.

Fintan O’Toole in The Irish Times on July 25, 2017

Three of Ireland’s best-known charities have agreed to join forces and form a national campaign to ask the Irish public to consider donating their refunds from Irish Water to tackle the national homelessness crisis in Ireland.

Simon Community, Focus Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust are planning a major national fundraising campaign to coincide with the upcoming Irish Water national repayment scheme which will see €173 million handed back to almost one million account holders over the coming months.

The 3 charities intend to launch “The Refund Project” – a national advertising and public information campaign asking people who can afford to donate, to consider the plight of Ireland’s over 8000 people who are homeless, more than 3000 of which are children. The new group say that even a fraction of the total repayments could help make an enormous difference in the delivery of much needed housing.

Irish Times, today

Fintan O’Toole: Spend my water charges on reversing austerity (The Irish Times)

Charities Join Forces in Public Appeal to Donate Water Refunds to Tackle Homelessness, (Peter McVerry Trust)

Related: ‘Donate water refunds to homeless’ (Noel Baker, The Irish Examiner)

21 thoughts on “No Refunds For Eejitry

  1. Mourinho

    The homeless crisis is a symptom of the housing affordability crisis.
    Simon Community, Focus Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust ain’t going to solve that.

    The housing affordability crisis can be solved by the government but they won’t do it.

    You probably voted for them.

    1. Andrew

      +1
      Homeless Charities will not and cannot solve the problem. Affordability is the problem and the government have systematically engineered higher housing costs. The electorate like it that way as those with property feel better off.
      The left in turn quite bizarrely oppose property tax.

      1. realPolithicks

        “Homeless Charities will not and cannot solve the problem”

        The purpose of these charities is not to solve the problem of homelessness, its to try to alleviate the problems that people have when they find themselves in that situation.

        1. dav

          I think they want to close the charities because they need the homeless to suffer. it’s some sort of Dickensian approach to poverty that is showing up on this site…

    2. Kdoc1

      Exactly. It’s highly unlikely that even a single house would be built if water charges money is handed over to the homeless industry. The money would, in all likelihood, disappear into the salaries and expenses of CEO’s Directors of this and that, and whatever you’re having yourself. It’s also high time that the State stopped supporting this industry and instead direct the money into building actual homes.

      1. ivan

        I know there was feckaboutery in the CRC, Rehab and Console but apart from ‘I reckon’ d’you have any evidence that the money would go where you say?

        I’m a director of a charity (not a homeless one in Dublin, mind) and i get *zero* for my time and efforts. I’m happy with that, but resent the implication that we all even *might* be on the take.

        We’re not.

        1. Twunt

          The problem is that a regular Joe cannot tell the charlatan from the genuine. So I stopped all direct debits to charities except one, who I know personally.

  2. phil

    ‘upcoming Irish Water national repayment scheme which will see €173 million handed back to almost one million account holders over the coming months’

    1 million customers! That makes no sense, I thought the compliance rate was about 70% , that would be way more than 1m customers ….

    1. Milo

      I wish we were all as blessed with our lot that we can laugh and mock charities. Its a shame that your luck made you so cold.

  3. Sean

    Call me cynical but I stopped reading at ‘Three of Ireland’s best-known charities have agreed to join forces and form a national campaign to ask the Irish public’ and asked myself ‘how much is that going to cost?’

  4. Topsy

    I didn’t pay anything so not getting anything back. The €100 I received was welcome & it certainly ain’t going back.

    1. don'tgochasinwaterfalls

      Lol that’s the spirit, did you spend it on drink, drugs or holy communion dresses?

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