Tuesday 19 March 2019

RPS boss Carty backs Irish Water operation

Praise: RPS chief Gerry Carty said the water service had improved
Praise: RPS chief Gerry Carty said the water service had improved

Gordon Deegan

The CEO of RPS - the country's largest environmental and engineering consultancy firm - has said the benefits of having one national utility for water services are being demonstrated.

Gerry Carty said the operation of Irish Water has resulted in a more consistent approach to asset management and development with a focus on solving problems.

Mr Carty confirmed RPS Ireland generated 25pc of its revenues in 2018 through its work with Irish Water.

Numbers employed at RPS have increased by 36pc from 305 to 415 in the last three years. Mr Carty added that the business enjoyed increased revenues and profits in 2018 on 2017.

Mr Carty was commenting on RPS Group Ltd accounts for 2017 which show that an increase in staff costs contributed to pre-tax profits decreasing by 13.5pc to €4.7m.

Accounts filed with the Companies Office show RPS Group Ltd recorded the drop in pre-tax profits after revenues declined from €51.66m to €50.96m.

Staff costs increased from €29.35m to €30.2m in 2017.

Irish Independent

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