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Kenny backs Tierney as PAC seeks answers on €96m Poolbeg spending


 Support: John Tierney

Support: John Tierney

Support: John Tierney

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has backed embattled Irish Water boss John Tierney, who is to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to explain state funding involving million of euro.

Mr Tierney, the former Dublin City Council manager, could face another grilling from the committee over the stalled Poolbeg incinerator.

Last week, he had to explain before the committee how €85m was spent on consultants for Irish Water.

His previous job with the city council had direct input into decisions over the incinerator, and now the PAC wants to question him about a €96m spending controversy over it – €32m of which was spent on consultants.

But the Taoiseach today insisted he had full confidence in Mr Tierney.



"I expect that he will deal with whatever issues arise when he goes before the PAC, of course," said Mr Kenny as he arrived at Government Buildings this morning.

"He is the chief executive of Irish Water and I have every confidence that he can do his job as expected."

The Taoiseach said Irish Water is a public utility and is a very major project for the future of the country in terms of the supply of high-quality water.

"We have to have consistency and a very high standard and Mr Tierney is heading up the utility," he said.

But PAC chairman John McGuinness is to ask the Government to refer the incinerator matter to the spending watchdog, the Comptroller and Auditor General.

This will allow a public grilling of all those involved, including Mr Tierney.