Tuesday 25 April 2017

Dublin City Council manager to head up water charges agency

Dublin city manager John Tierney
Dublin city manager John Tierney

Fiach Kelly

THE head of Dublin City Council has been announced as the boss of new semi-state agency Irish Water

John Tierney, the Dublin city manager, will be in charge of the new organization for an initial three-year term , which is tasked with rolling out water meters and water charges. He will take up the post in April.

Mr Tierney’s salary will be below the €250,000 salary cap for semi-state bosses imposed the Government.

He is currently paid around €190,000 for his role at the city council and he will work closely with the new head of Bord Gais, who is also due to be announced shortly.

Mr Tierney said he was honoured to take up the new job.

“It has been a great privilege to have worked in local government and particularly in my current role as Dublin City Manager,” Mr Tierney said.

“I now look forward to working with local authorities, experts from the utility sector within Bord Gáis, and experts from the water sector, to bring together our collective strengths, expertise and experience to create a world class water authority that provides an excellent service to our communities for the future.”

Rose Hynes, Chairman of Bord Gais, said she was confident Mr Tierney would do an “outstanding job”.

“John has a very impressive track record in local government. In his last three jobs as Manager in Dublin City, Fingal and Galway City, he has been heavily involved in the planning and delivery of major water services programmes.

“He has also prioritised water services under Dublin City Council’s smart city programme. John has the qualities and experience to lead the creation and operation of a national water utility that will meet the needs of all public water users.”

Irish Water is a new division of Bord Gais and those said to be in contention for the Bord Gais job include Martin Murphy from Hewlett-Packard and Michael McNicholas of renewable energy company NTR, as well as a number of internal candidates.

Sources said both appointments will be under pressure from the Government to make sure the rollout of water meters and water charges are a success.

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