Sinn Fein's Environment spokesperson Brian Stanley has today described Irish Water’s spending €50m on private consultants as outrageous.
"John Tierney, CEO of Irish Water, has admitted that the company has spent €50m of public money on private consultants. This is outrageous considering the level of experience that already exists in the 34 local councils. Irish Water should have given the work to local authority staff. This would have been an immediate saving to the tax payer.
"Irish water continues to waste good money after bad. It has received €500m from the Pension Reserve Fund to install water meters, this was followed by over €200m in the recent budget only to be followed by a further allocation from the local government fund. This is all before one drop of water reaches our taps.
"The government's establishment of Irish Water has been a financial disaster. The revelation that €50m is spent on consultants further confirms this."