Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen TD says the ruling by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) in relation to pay at Irish Water further highlights how commitments made by Minister Alan Kelly on the Irish Water farce should not be trusted.
Deputy Cowen made the comments after the LRC recommended that pay rises should proceed at Irish Water. This is despite Minister Kelly reassuring the public that bonuses would not be paid if the super-quango underperformed.
Deputy Cowen said, “I respect the recommendation made by the LRC earlier today, but this latest development further highlights the extent to which the Government has lost control of the Irish Water farce.
“In December of last year Minister Kelly went to great lengths to reassure the public that no bonuses would be paid to management staff at Irish Water in the event that the utility underperformed. To say that the utility has underperformed since then would be a significant understatement.
“It is clear that we simply cannot trust any reassurances or commitments made by Minister Kelly in relation to the running of Irish Water. He should reflect on his previous statements and recognise that he has got it wrong, and is likely to continue getting it wrong unless he changes direction.”