Monday 23 April 2018

Editorial: Transparency is needed over Irish Water millions

John Tierney, Managing Director of Irish Water. Photo: Maxwells
John Tierney, Managing Director of Irish Water. Photo: Maxwells

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is right to ask Irish Water to justify its €50m spending on outside consultants. The company, which is due to start charging consumers for water from the last quarter of 2014, has spent a staggering €100m, before it has charged householders for a single drop of water.

Among those to benefit from this bonanza in consultancy fees are firms such as Ernst & Young, IBM, Accenture and Oracle. Whether one agrees with People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett's colourful attack on the seemingly high expenditure, there certainly seems a strong case for Irish Water to tell consumers 'who got what' from the €100m already spent.

Let us not forget that this largess is paid from the local property tax (LPT), another tax which has been levied on all householders and which has been paid by almost 90pc of homeowners.

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