Thursday 21 September 2017

FitzGerald's wild assertions on Irish Water staff have no foundation in fact

John FitzGerald's comments 'are irresponsible for an economist'. Photo: Damien Eagers
John FitzGerald's comments 'are irresponsible for an economist'. Photo: Damien Eagers
Minister Phil Hogan. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Minister Phil Hogan

There are currently 4,300 local authority staff working in water services. Claims made in recent days by Professor John FitzGerald of the ESRI that this number can be reduced to 1,700 in a few years have no basis. He did not substantiate his claim or outline the basis for his figure.

When asked on RTE's 'Prime Time', he simply responded that he "was not sticking to that figure".

Making wild assertions of this nature is irresponsible, in particular for an economist, and especially as the new utility seeks to embed new relationships with stakeholders.

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