Monday 19 February 2018

Editorial: Irish Water must come clean on its spending

John Tierney, Managing Director of Irish Water. Photo: Maxwells
John Tierney, Managing Director of Irish Water. Photo: Maxwells
Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock pictured with Gerry Murray, EMC’s Country Manager in Ireland and Data Hero with children from St Patricks NS Co Limerick. Photo: Maxwells

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.

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