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Hayes vows to block bonus payments to ANY Water staff

THE Government will block bonuses to more than 500 staff members at Irish Water, Minister Brian Hayes has indicated.

The Junior Finance Minister said there can be no justification for the planned payment of bonuses at the Irish utility company.

And he hinted that the Government will work to block the payment of any bonus payments to staff at the company.

Asked if the plan to give bonuses to Irish Water workers was justified, the minister said: "No it's not".


Mr Hayes added that "a very firm policy position" had been taken by Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin (inset) "which effectively knocks out bonuses in the semi-State sector".

He was speaking after it emerged that all 510 staff - with the exception of managing director John Tierney who earns €200,000 - will be entitled to bonus payments for meeting specific targets.

The planned payments will be up to 6pc of a staff member's total salary.

Meanwhile it was revealed that the managing director of Irish Water has passed responsibility for public accountability at the organisation to the Government.

Speaking at an Oireachtas Environment Committee meeting into the utility company, Mr Tierney said he'd be "happy" to work within a system under the Freedom of Information Act. However, he said that the decision to implement the system was one for the Government.