Alan Kelly sets up water quango in home county
His tenure as Environment Minister ends this week - but a €1.7m-a-year water quango could be Alan Kelly's "parting gift" to Tipperary voters.
A new Local Authorities Water and Communities Office (LAWCO) has been established in the Labour TD's home county.
Unrelated to Irish Water, the body will promote awareness of the need to improve the quality of Ireland's waterways.
Four staff members are believed to be based at the LAWCO's Clonmel headquarters.
The Department of the Environment insisted that the selection process, which was conducted by a four-person board, was "entirely independent". But the acting minister has nonetheless faced accusations of quango-ism over the location of the body's main office.
Mr Kelly was unavailable for comment last night.