Friday 15 December 2017

Council 'to lose majority of €96m' unless Poolbeg project proceeds

Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan to be quizzed before Environment Committee shortly

A woman walks her dogs along Sandymount beach. Photo: Steve Humphreys
A woman walks her dogs along Sandymount beach. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

DUBLIN City Manager Owen Keegan will shortly be quizzed about the €96 million bill for the Poolbeg Incinerator as major questions continue to be raised over the role his predecessor John Tierney played in the project.

Mr Tierney is facing demands to appear in front the Oireachtas in order to answer questions on the massive spend, almost €30m of which was used to pay for consultancy services.

The New Irish Water Chief served as Dublin City Manager for seven years, during which not a single brick was laid on the Poolbeg site in Dublin 4.

But despite having a direct role in decision making regarding the incinerator, it will today be up to Mr Tierney's successor Owen Keegan to explain why the money was spent.

It's understood that Mr Keegan will tell the Oireachtas Environment committee that the majority of the €96m will not be recouped, unless the project proceeds.

He will explain that that a series of objections, court challenge and EU investigations have forced the council to stall the project.


The total spend to 31 December 2013 on the DWtE projectwas €96.3m. The breakdown of this expenditure is shown in the table:

Client Representative - €29,774,795

Consultancy (include. reports on site selection, EIS, Planning) - €1,344,559

Site Acquisition - €52,277,607

Legal fees (not associated with site acquisition) - €1,820,222

Public Relations/Consultation (includes office overheads and staff) -€4,337,723

Statutory fees - €186,348

Site Management, security and monitoring Costs - €3,966,463

Other (Inc Dublin City Council Project Engineer & other Staff costs) - €2,565,322

Total - €96,273,039

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