For those unfamiliar with current Irish affairs, Uisce Éireann/Irish Water is the embattled new national water utility company which has been making headlines around the world because of fierce public opposition to its very organization, implementation and poor track record so far.
In what could turn out to be a high water mark in public outrage, not only will households have to register a second time – it now seems apparent that, following recent legal advice, the government is set to rush through emergency legislation which will enable them to capitalize on the presence of Holy Wells sited on privately owned land.
According to insiders in the National Monuments Division, the action on the part of the government is designed to fend off any potential legal challenges to the state bodies monopoly on water supply. It is understood that a recent repeal of outdated laws on the statute books – in particular, Anglo-Norman rights & privileges enshrined within the fourteenth century Codex Stultorum – brought to light a potential loophole with regard to landowners with ancient holy wells on their property. In order to avoid any such pitfalls, the new legislation will enable Irish Water to classify such wells as additional water sources and to levy extra charges against those landowners for the same.