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Saturday 20 September 2014

Taoiseach has 'every confidence' in Irish Water chief

Published 21/01/2014 | 09:21

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended Irish Water chief John Tierney, who has come under fire after it was revealed the semi-state spent €86 million on consulting.

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Speaking to reporters this morning, Mr Kenny said he had every confidence in Mr Tierney, who spent several years serving as Dublin City Manager.

“It’s a very major project.  We can’t have a situation where thousands have to boil water every day. We can’t have a situation where 40pc of what we produce and what you pay for is leaking away into the ground. We have to have consistency and a very high standard,” he said.

“He’s the chief executive of Irish Water and I have every confidence that he will do his job as expected.”

Mr Tierney is set to face further questioning by the Public Accounts Committee over the stalled Poolbeg Incinerator, which cost around €96 million.

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