Saturday 21 October 2017

Editorial: Irish Water needs to justify staff bonuses

Irish Water chief executive John Tierney
Irish Water chief executive John Tierney

It just seems to get worse and worse for Irish Water. This is a company which has spent €86m on consultants, yet now intends to reward its entire staff, with the exception of managing director John Tierney, with bonus payments of up to €7,000 for meeting what it calls "specific targets".

Firstly, there is a pay freeze in the public service until 2016 and secondly, with so much money spent on well-paid outside consultants, why, one must wonder, is there a need for bonus payments?

Coming on top of Environment Minister Phil Hogan's claim that "you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs", the world of Irish Water now seems wacky indeed. It is not as if Irish Water is selling something and needs to incentivise staff to go out there and get customers. Indeed, the opposite is the case.

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