Editorial: Irish Water must come clean on its spending
Some of the commentary surrounding the Irish Water €50m spend on consultancy fees -- half its total set-up costs -- has been on the slightly hysterical side. That does not mean that the taxpayer -- and in particular the 90pc of compliant citizens who paid their Local Property Tax (LPT) -- should not be told who got this largesse and why.
The employment of consultants by what has now been dubbed a 'super-quango' may well ensure good value for the taxpayer. But this needs to be explained, rather than put out there in a throwaway remark by its managing director, John Tierney.
Undoubtedly, we will learn more when Mr Tierney and some of his officials appear before the Oireachtas committee next Tuesday.