Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Sean Fleming has said there are serious questions for the Taoiseach after it was revealed that the parent company of Irish Water has paid out over €5.1m in bonuses since the start of the year. The Taoiseach told the Dáil on October 7th that “no bonuses have been paid to anyone in Irish Water”.
Deputy Fleming said: “I have received correspondence from Ervia, the parent company for Irish Water and Bord Gáis Networks, which reveals that 545 staff shared €3.7m in bonuses in 2013 but there has been a massive jump in bonuses paid out this year.
“So far in 2014 Ervia has paid €5.1m in bonuses to 940 staff. Are we really expected to believe that this does not include any bonuses being paid to staff at Irish Water? The Taoiseach told the Dáil on October 7th that “no bonuses have been paid to anyone in Irish Water”. Does he stand over that statement today?
“It is clear that Irish Water is a massive drain on the taxpayer and households haven’t even had their first water bill yet. Fianna Fáil has consistently pointed out that the set-up of Irish Water has been ill conceived from the outset.
“Fianna Fáil believes the introduction of water charges should only occur after a comprehensive national audit of the water network. This audit should form the basis for an overall upgrade of the network to ensure it is fit for purpose and people are getting a service that works.
“Fianna Fail’s criticisms of Irish water have been borne out. The creation of Irish Water has established a massive Quango at a cost of €650m in the absence of any real accountability. The money being raised from households is going to go on servicing this quango and its bonuses rather than in investment in the network.”