Sunday 22 January 2017

Daniel McConnell: Panel must get to bottom of who knew what and when

Published 15/01/2014 | 02:30

Minister Phil Hogan Photo:Michael Kelly
Minister Phil Hogan Photo:Michael Kelly
John Tierney,Chief Executive of Irish Water (right) and John Barry, Bord Gais, arriving for the Oireachtas Environment committee meeting at Leinster House yesterday. In background is Lero Varadkar,TD the Minister for Transport. Photo: Tom Burke.

Last Friday, at the height of the controversy, Environment Minister Phil Hogan went on his local radio station to express his surprise at Irish Water boss John Tierney's revelation that the agency had spent €50m on outside consultants.

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Then last Sunday, junior minister Fergus O'Dowd went on RTE's 'This Week' programme and declared that the first time he heard the €50m figure was when Mr Tierney was on with Sean O'Rourke's programme the previous Thursday.

"I was not -- I was never aware of the €50m figure until I heard John Tierney announce it on radio," he said.

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