“So Irish Water texted me for a refund, but I have never registered. So where did they get my phone number? It’s unlinked on the Electoral Register…”
Former Irish Water managing director John Tierney
At Dublin City Council, he forced through the Covanta waste plant.
Following this he oversaw the launch of Irish Water.
How can we thank John Tierney?
Ken Foxe writes:
Irish Water had to put aside more than €470,000 as part of a special deal to ensure former boss John Tierney could be paid his full pension aged 57 and after working for just three years at the company.
Documents have revealed how if Mr Tierney stayed in his previous job at Dublin City Council, he would not have been entitled to his full pension until he was sixty.
However, as part of the deal he made when he switched jobs to take up a position as managing director at Irish Water, his pension instead had to be made payable as soon as his contract ended.
Because Dublin City Council would not have paid Mr Tierney his pension until he was sixty – Irish Water had to make up the shortfall to cover the extra three years.
The special deal had to be signed off by the Department of Housing and by the Department of Public Expenditure, according to Irish Water:
“At the time of Mr Tierney’s appointment [January 2013] the then Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources [Pat Rabbitte] had responsibility for Ervia, and he approved the contract with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure [Brendan Howlin] and … the Minister for [the] Environment. [Phil Hogan]”
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Spotted today. Is our Postmaster looking to the future?
Earlier: Raining On The Parade
It is amazing how quiet the anti-water charge brigade have been the past few days with events in Louth and Meath
— McConnellDaniel (@McConnellDaniel) July 25, 2017
Anthony Sheridan writes
Establishment/Irish Examiner journalist Daniel McConnell tweeted the above comment in response to the Irish Water debacle in Louth and Meath.
What’s really amazing is the apparent ignorance of journalists like McConnell when it comes understanding the real, underlying reason for the rebellion against water charges.
Journalists such as McConnell are apparently incapable of going beyond the economic collapse of 2008 when analysing the on-going, historic changes in the political landscape.
They appear to be completely unaware that the water charges campaign has little to do with water and everything to do with the dramatic and continuing collapse of the old corrupt political regime made up principally of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the now almost extinct Labour Party.
Since the 1992 election when Dick Spring reneged on his promise to rid Irish politics of the disease of corruption by joining forces with the criminal politician Haughey, the Irish people have been progressively losing faith in, not just the political system, but the State itself.
This undeniable and obvious rejection of the old regime is there to see in election results for all those not wearing establishment blinkers.
Those wearing blinkers such as McConnell appear happy to analyse the political scene under the simplistic and insulting (to citizens) idea that it’s all down to an ignorant people, angry with austerity, being led astray by evil Trotskyists.
Drogheda, County Louth.
Residents in East Meath and Louth, including Remi Olukokun (pics1-4) originally from Nigeria using the traditional African method to carry water.
Large parts of counties Meath and Louth have suffered a water shortage due a burst pipe.
Environment Minister Eoghan Murphy (above) faced questions from residents…
On the issue of communication of information to the people who have been affected, the minister said there has been a question around communication and lessons for the future about how to communicate better.
The minister has pledged to fix the issue as quickly as possible.
He said that he has made it clear the Irish Water needs to replace this particular piece of pipe which is vulnerable.
He said it is a particularly critical piece of infrastructure and the 2.2km stretch of pipeline will be prioritised for repair.
Termonfeckin, County Louth
Paddy Logue writes:
Help finally arrived in Termonfeckin… from the North…
Ratoath, County Meath
Residents fill up from a water truck in a supermarket car park as arge parts of counties Meath and Louth suffered a water shortage due a burst pipe.
From top, left to right: Charlie McConalogue TD, Barry Cowen TD, Jim O’Callaghan TD during government formations talks last year; Derek Mooney
On Monday, Derek Mooney speculated on the possible outcome of a deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael suggesting water charges were dead for both parties.
While the agreement on the future funding of domestic water as hammered out at the Oireachtas committee is not a bad one – the issue now is more about the process and the path to its arrival.
It proves the truth of the old adage, usually attributed to Bismarck: if you want to keep your appetite then there are two things you should never watch being made: laws and sausages.
The Committee report does include an important climbdown from the government that now accepts that there should be a future referendum on the public ownership of Irish Water.
The fate of individual metered water charges was sealed politically at the last election and sealed technically at the committee with the evidence given by the officials from Scottish Water.
Scotland does not have individual metering, the charge comes from the council tax (in our case from income tax) and they are held to be in compliance with EU Directives.
Most discussion at the Committee since that evidence has been a proxy battle between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael fought on extremely narrow grounds via lawyers and competing legal advice.
The outcome was a draw nil all draw, not that the result matters too much as the crowds had been so frustrated and irritated by the carry-on on the pitch that they stopped watching and went home ages ago.
The only outstanding questions are: why did no one in Government look at the Scottish model before now and what was all that furore and activity between 2011 and 2016?
Expensive wasted water under the bridge it seems.
Derek Mooney is a communications and public affairs consultant. He previously served as a Ministerial Adviser to the Fianna Fáil-led government 2004 – 2010. His column appears here usually every Monday. Follow Derek on Twitter: @dsmooney
Earlier: They Think It’s All Over
Monday: Pointless Water Torture
Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen (top) and Fine Gael’s Martin Heydon (above) address media following the final vote on the Draft Report of the Joint Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services.
The Dáil will today debate a motion on the final report while TDs will vote on the motion tomorrow.
The deal includes several Fianna Fáil concessions including a commitment to install water meters in newly built houses (see triumphant Irish Independent editorial below).
Editorial in today’s irish Independent.
They seem happy.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin promises the abolition of Irish Water at the 2015 Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis.
Yesterday: Watching The Meter