John Tierney outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin this afternoon
“It was a very good meeting with the minister [Alan Kelly]. We covered all of the issues. The heartening thing was that he recognised the scale of what we have been asked to do…
…He wants a renewed emphasis on all issues to do with the customer. Obviously in relation to the political representations from TDs and councillors because they are representing people. So we had a very good discussion. He recognised we have taken on a very difficult job and we are going to continue to do what is required of us, of a utility.”
Irish Water’s John Tierney following a ‘crunch’ meeting with environment minister Alan Kelly.
(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
“It’s an unjust law. I obey every law (and) I understand the reasons for it. I pay my water charge, the nett charge, but, until such time as (Irish Water) give me a coherent reason why I should hand over my PPS number, I’m not giving them the PPS number, and I am entitled to deduct the allowance – no doubt they’ll come after me for that, and let them.
“And let the legalities or illegalities of my action be thrashed out there if it should come for a confrontation in court.”
Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea TD on Limerick’s Live 95Fm today
“Anyone know what the deal is with this story? I’m on a group water scheme, so don’t get any of this hassle, but this sounds fairly sinister…”