Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment, Barry Cowen TD, has called on the Minister for Environment to reveal what was discussed at his meeting with Irish Water CEO John Tierney today. Yesterday, Minister Kelly promised that bonuses would be the number one issue for the new board of Irish Water, however, Mr Tierney defended the bonuses today after their meeting, saying his staff were doing a fantastic job.
He commented: “After Alan Kelly’s bravado performance on RTÉ’s Primetime programme, I was surprised to hear the emphatic defence of Irish Water’s record today from Irish Water CEO John Tierney. This performance comes against the backdrop of considerable public outrage with the payment of up to 19% bonuses for water bosses.
“Last night, Minister Alan Kelly promised that the number one issue on the agenda for the new board of Irish Water would be addressing the bonus culture at the organisation and the need to see a change in approach.
“Mr Tierney’s comments directly contradict what Minister Kelly said last night and it begs the question of just what they discussed at this meeting. Do his comments reflect the new way, new style and new branding strategy Minister Kelly spoke of?
“The mixed messages and conflicting statements from various Government Ministers point to deep dysfunction and the absence of any strategy to address the collapse of public trust in the new quango.
“Fianna Fáil has called for a suspension of water charges until a thorough review has been carried out on the set-up and operation of Irish Water. I am again calling on the Taoiseach and Minister for Environment to seriously consider this proposal and I repeat our call on FG and Labour backbenchers to support our plan in the Dáil tomorrow.”