Following the collapse of the economic system in Ireland, there has been a continuous need to increase taxes and broaden the tax base. With the involvement of the Troika (IMF/EU/ECB) attempting to rescue and bail out the country, a policy process for water charges was set into motion. Claims were made that this policy was a necessity.
However, the establishment of Irish water austerity was poorly managed and included excessive payments to consultants and bonuses for staff. Not only this, but dates and figures relating to the issuing of water charges changed frequently causing mistrust among the public. People are outraged at the lack of honesty and the way the situation has been handled. They now have to pay for one of the few things left they regard as their right.
Rachel Kelly is an artist studying Fine Art Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. She is interested in the social and cultural aspects of the world we live in today and the current events that surround us.