Irish Water really can’t organise a p*** up in a brewery, says Deputy Niall Collins – after they confused Bruree – once home to Eamon de Valera – with “Brewery”.
In an Irish Water application pack, pictured, sent to this reporter - it is there in black and white. While there may have been some poitin made in the past, Bruree has never been associated with barley and hops.
“Irish Water is the new national water utility, which is responsible for providing and managing water services throughout Ireland,” reads the start of the letter.
“It doesn’t inspire confidence when they can’t get a simple address right. It is just another example of the whole fiasco that is Irish Water,” said Mr Collins.
There is a serious side to the mistake, he says.
“Eamon de Valera grew up in Bruree. He was very proud of the village and would be turning in his grave at this,” said Deputy Collins. Bruree’s famous links to a man who founded Fianna Fáil, achieved wartime neutrality, constitutional innovation, and democratically remained in power for sixteen uninterrupted years have obviously been forgotten by Irish Water.
“It is an out of control bonus-driven super quango built on a foundation of incompetence by the Government. It has been a debacle from start to finish,” said Mr Collins.
It is understood a large number of Irish Water packs had to be returned due to errors or not enough information on addresses.
An An Post spokesperson said they “would not make any comment on the size/scale of the issue as that is a matter between ourselves and the customer, Irish Water”. There was no response to a press query to Irish Water on how the Bruree/Brewery mistake occurred.