Tuesday 24 April 2018

Editorial: We need clear answers from boss of Irish water

John Tierney, managing director of Irish Water, with one of the water meters being installed around the country.
John Tierney, managing director of Irish Water, with one of the water meters being installed around the country.

There can be no shilly-shallying when Irish Water boss, John Tierney and senior colleagues, face an Oireachtas committee tomorrow. Irish Water must tell the public clearly what the €50m in outside consultants' fees was spent on, which firms got it, and what those firms did in return for their payments. We also need some kind of benchmark comparison of what those services cost in other comparable undertakings in Ireland and/or overseas.

This is a very dangerous time for Ireland's newest public firm. The fledgling entity has promised Irish people a new, overhauled national water system with dependable service and consistent quality, all at a fair price.

Mr Tierney's appearance on RTE radio last Thursday has started a controversy that will continue for some time to come. The only remedy is clear answers to some detailed questions.

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