Fiach Kelly, in the Irish Times, reports this morning that Environment Minister Phil Hogan has sought and received permission to obtain money from the Government in order for Irish Water to pay 1,100 voluntary redundancies.

Mr Kelly reports:

While the new utility believes it will need about 1,700 staff, it has signed service level agreements with the 34 local authorities who run the Republic’s water and waste water infrastructure. These legal agreements, which run up to 2026, involve about 4,300 local authority staff, whose cost is to be paid by Irish Water.

However, Mr Hogan’s memorandum provides more detail on the redundancies planned to bring this number down. They will cost some €39 million, which will be provided over a period between 2015 and 2016.

Irish Water gets funding for 1,100 redundancies (Irish Times)

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