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ESRI economist John FitzGerald

ESRI economist John FitzGerald

Environment Minister Phil Hogan. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Environment Minister Phil Hogan. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

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ESRI economist John FitzGerald

There are currently 4,300 local authority staff working in water services. Claims made in recent days by Professor John FitzGerald of the ESRI that this number can be reduced to 1,700 in a few years have no basis. He did not substantiate his claim or outline the basis for his figure.

When asked on RTE's 'Prime Time', he simply responded that he "was not sticking to that figure".


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