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Engineers' alarm at State not spending on infrastructure


John Tierney

John Tierney

John Tierney

IRISH Water boss John Tierney will be among the names addressing Engineers Ireland's annual conference this week.

The former Dublin City Council boss will give the keynote address at this week's conference, entitled Building Ireland's Business Networks – Driving Competitive Advantage.

The conference comes as it emerged that more than 76pc of 2,064 Irish engineers believe that lack of investment in new infrastructure by the State will damage the country's long-term prospects.

The conference will take place in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4, on Thursday.

It is expected to address issues such as the importance of managing Ireland's natural resources to build competitive advantage; reform of the water sector; Ireland's broadband network and 4G rollout; and developing our transport system as well as our capacity to export energy.

Recently, Mr Tierney announced that households won't receive their first water bills before January 2015 – a year later than originally planned.

In July, the first homes to receive meters will be contacted and work on installing meters is expected to begin in August.

However, how much households will be expected to pay will be determined by the Commission for Energy Regulation, according to Mr Tierney.

Homes will also be charged in instalments for the cost of meter installation, but the amount has yet to be set by the water management agency.

Over the next three-and-a-half years, more than one million meters will be installed at an average speed of 27,000 a month.