Chief Running Water


John Tierney.

Appointed as the new managing director of the newly-established semi-State body Irish Water.

Formerly Chief Running Bull Dublin City Manager (2006-2013).

How did that go?

 Mr Tierney was forced to apologise after Dublin City Council was accused of mismanaging public funds, following an official audit of the €80million spent on the Poolbeg incinerator project. The audit, which came out last December, found the council’s handling of the project was weak and inadequate.

Last November, Mr Tierney became embroiled in a row which developed after a TG4 documentary Iniuchadh Oidhreacht na Cásca about a proposed development on Dublin’s O’Connell Street/Carlton site, which encompasses the 1916 buildings on Moore Street. The documentary alleged a continuing cover up involving officials in Dublin City Council over a secret deal with developer Joe O’Reilly to sell the site to O’Reilly’s Chartered Land and buy it back at a potentially higher price.

In December 2011, Mr Tierney invoked a veto introduced by former environment minister Martin Cullen to overrule a Dublin City Council vote 52-50 against the sale of its waste-collection services to Greyhound. This was despite the fact Greyound was, in 2009, forced to pay back €1.3million to Iarnród Éireann – which had hired it two years previous – because of inadequate services. In January 2011, Greyhound was forced to pay €9,000 in fines and costs to the Environmental Protection Agency for breaches of its licence to run a waste facility in Clondalkin, Dublin.


Previously: Nothing To See Here 

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)