Tuesday 24 October 2017

The Punt: 'Communications' job going – but no talking required

WANTED: Senior communications officer for Irish Water – no communications experience necessary.

The company responsible for installing more than one million meters is seeking someone to help to sell the message that paying for water is a good thing. A post advertised internally in parent company Bord Gais Eireann and on www.recruitireland.ie says that despite being required to provide "high quality transactional and administrative support" to the head of communications, there's no need to have worked in this area before.

It turns out the job, which despite its lofty title, is a clerical position and doesn't involve any communications at all – at least not with the press or public.

"The job title reflects the fact that this role will be in the communications team. This role does not involve interaction with media or public affairs audiences," Irish Water says.

What will this person do?

Note-taking and data inputting, along with checking what people are spending on company credit cards. Making travel arrangements, responding to letters and "preparing communications materials" are also involved.

In short, it's providing administrative support.

It seems strange, in a week when Government ministers were critical of Dublin City Council's communications strategy to explain why water was restricted, that a "senior communications officer" would serve no function in this regard.

Hopefully, employing people in these roles is not symptomatic of how Irish Water is going to explain other problems in our water network as households begin paying their bills.

Irish Independent

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