Sunday 23 July 2017

Editorial: Irish Water's main failure has been communication

Irish Water chief executive John Tierney arrives for a special meeting of the Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht at Leinster House
Irish Water chief executive John Tierney arrives for a special meeting of the Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht at Leinster House
John Tierney, Managing Director of Irish Water. Photo: Maxwells

The spending of €86m on consultants by Irish Water has excited a lot of comment and necessitated the appearance of its most senior executives before the Oireachtas Environment Committee yesterday and the Public Accounts Committee later today.

The major public concern surrounding this spending can be traced back to a more or less throwaway remark by the organisation's chief executive John Tierney in the course of radio interviews.

It was no way for Mr Tierney, a very experienced public servant, to announce the spending of such vast amounts of public money.

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