Sunday 22 October 2017

Hilary Quinlan resigns from board of Irish Water

Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

FAILED Fine Gael election candidate Hilary Quinlan has resigned from the board of Irish Water after it emerged he was the ministerial driver of Department of the Environment Minister for State Paudie Coffey.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dail of Mr Quinlan's resignation this afternoon.

Mr Quinlan faced criticism from both opposition and Government TDs after it was reported he was Mr Coffey's driver.

Irish Water is under the remit of the the Department of the Environment.

Former Minister for State in the Department of the Environment Fergus O'Dowd, who was replaced by Mr Coffey in the recent reshuffle, said Mr Quinlan should not hold both positions.

“He should step down from the board of Irish Water because he is no longer a councillor and councillors’ interests should be heard at that level," Mr O'Dowd said.

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