Joining Sean for this morning’s Gathering were Paul Drury, Daily Mail Columnist; Michael O’Regan, Irish Times Parliamentary Correspondent; Alan Hickey, Barrister; and Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent with the Irish Independent.
Since its inception Irish Water has been enmeshed in controversy – on this programme managing director of Irish Water John Tierney revealed that more than €50 million had been spent on consultants’ fees which created a political furore. Yesterday, Mr Tierney made his second appearance before a Dail committee where he said that €10 billion will be required to update the system. Sean was joined by Paul Melia the environment correspondent of the Irish Independent. %MCEPASTEBIN%
The water story sloshes on – the ESRI said this week that Irish Water could incur extra costs of between €1.5bn and €2bn. Overground or underground, the Government appears to have hit a boggy patch over the pylons issue. Elsewhere, Michael Noonan said what most people think, that AIB bankers do not deserve bonuses until their performances improve. Whistleblower, Maurice McCabe appeared before the PAC as the penalty points issue hots up and oin the European Court of Human Rights, abuse survivor, Louise O’Keeffe finally received an apology fomr Enda Kenny after the European Court of Human Rights deemed the ...
Later today senior management in Irish Water will appear before the Oireachtas Environment Committee to explain how it spent €50 million on consultants as revealed on this programme by Chief Executive John Tierney. So far €100 million has been spent setting up the company. The Irish Independent’s Environment Correspondent Paul Melia has seen EU tender documents which he says show some contracts were never sent to tender and he joined Sean this morning.