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Resigning from a state job? They do it different up North

THEY do things differently up North. Laurence MacKenzie (right) resigned from his £250,000 (€297,000) job as head of Northern Ireland Water yesterday after thousands of homes had their supply cut off over Christmas. He will be replaced by Trevor Haslett, the utility's director of engineering procurement, until the utility finds a new boss later this year.

"This is entirely my own decision," MacKenzie said in a separate statement on the website. "I believe firmly in the principles of responsibility and accountability, it is for that fundamental reason I have decided to pursue this course of action." MacKenzie has a colourful past and was convicted of embezzling £2,000 from a small church in Scotland almost 30 years ago while serving as treasurer.

Irish Independent