Mods, I am not sure if this is the right place for this, my reasoning is that water charges will have a negative impact on the already limited spending power of the population and as a result reduce spending in the local economy. However, if you feel it should be posted elsewhere please move it.
According to the Irish Times, Dublin city manager to head Irish Water - The Irish Times - Tue, Jan 29, 2013
John Tierney, currently Dublin City Manager has been appointed MD of Irish Water, this is the man who presided over the omnishambles of the "disposal" of the Dublin City waste collection to Greyhound. The actual details of this "disposal" remain shrouded in mystery and Tierney has consistently refused to clarify the matter. In the course of this debacle E&Y were hired at a cost of €250,000+ to do "due diligence" but failed to discover that Greyhound had had some "difficulties" with regards to invoicing during their contract with Irish Rail until Shane Ross called the powers that be in DCC.
Shane Ross: Stench as rubbish firm wins - Shane Ross, Columnists - Independent.ie
Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...311853475.html
At a Special Meeting of DCC in January 2012, the elected representatives passed the following motion
“The elected members of Dublin City Council again call on the City Manager to make available to the members the service level agreement and the commercial terms agreed with Greyhound. The Manager should advise what payment
Greyhound made to DCC for the business and/or how much DCC is paying Greyhound to fulfil the service”.
and the in the minutes of the Special Meeting of DCC in January 2012 http://www.dublincity.ie/YourCouncil...001%202012.pdf
Tierney refused to provide the information and, to the best of my knowledge this information has never been provided to the elected representatives.
So what else has he to qualify him for the Irish Water job?
According to the IT article
"Mr Tierney has spent over 35 years in local government, having worked in nine different local authorities across the country.
“In his last three jobs as manager in Dublin City, Fingal and Galway City, he (John) has been heavily involved in the planning and delivery of major water services programmes,” Bord Gáis chairwoman Rose Hynes said.
“He has also prioritised water services under Dublin City Council’s smart city programme,” she added."
I have no idea what " prioritised water services under Dublin City Council’s smart city programme" means but water is still being lost through leaks and it can take days for a reported leak to be dealt with.
Was this job advertised and what is the salary? Tierney is currently on just under €200,000 + a variety of jollies, junkets and expenses. If there were other applicants, I wonder how many there were and how many had relevant experience other than being an entrenched public sector apparatchik.
Next question - who will get the DCC Manager's job.