Irish Water defends senior appointments

Irish Water is defending its recruitment process ahead of the appearance of many of its senior management members before an Oireachtas Committee tomorrow.

The body is due before the Oireachtas Environment Committee to account for spending €100m in its first year, including €50m on consultancy services.

Only one of the senior appointments at the company comes from the private sector, with four from local authorities and two from RPS which had strong links with Irish Water and Dublin City Council before.

There is also one from the Department of the Environment, one from Bord Gáis and one from the private sector, Fergus Collins, who worked for a number of large-scale civil engineering contractors.

Irish Water is likely to take questions about how most of its senior management came to be recruited from County Councils or other State bodies.

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