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Sunday 20 April 2014

Irish Water Timeline

Programme for Government announces plans for Irish Water.

MARCH 2011

APRIL 2012

Environment Minister Phil Hogan, right, says Bord Gais Eireann will be responsible for establishing Irish Water. An independent report said it should be a new, standalone utility.

SEPTEMBER 2012

Set-up costs of €180m agreed by Government. Details have only emerged in recent weeks.

OCTOBER 2012

Troika informed of details of Irish Water programme.

MARCH 2013

Irish Water bill establishing company signed into law.

APRIL 2013

Former Dublin City boss John Tierney appointed managing director of Irish Water.

MAY 2013

Abtran announced as call centre provider, with 400 jobs to be created.

JULY 2013

Water metering programme begins.

JANUARY 9, 2014

John Tierney reveals on RTE's 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' that more than €50m has been spent on outside consultants. The final bill will be €86m.

JANUARY 14, 2014

Irish Independent reveals that four contracts were never opened to competition.

The same day, Irish Water admits that all staff except Mr Tierney are entitled to bonus payments of up to 15pc of salary.

JANUARY 23, 2014

It emerges that 29 staff in Irish Water earn more than €100,000.

JANUARY 27, 2014

Economic think-tank the ESRI raises concerns that families face higher bills because Irish Water is being forced to employ double the staff it needs.

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