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“Departure of NI Water Service Chief Executive inevitable” McCartney

21 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Regional Development Spokesperson, Raymond McCartney MLA (Foyle) has said that the news that NI Water Service Chief Executive, Katherine Bryan is leaving the post was inevitable.

Raymond McCartney said:

"Following the monumental error in forecasting revenue, resulting in a multi-million pound shortfall it was only a matter of time before this position was arrived at. While there may have been a certain amount of culpability by Civil Servants under Direct Rule Ministers, who provided the information required to formulate a costing for water and sewage service delivery, Katherine Bryan as Chief Executive on a salary of £180,000 was ultimately responsible for implementing the strategy.

"The fact that she obviously did not put proper scrutiny procedures in place that would have revealed the inaccuracy of the information she received is down to her and therefore her position was untenable

"The focus must now be on delivering value to consumers through an efficient water and sewerage service.

"I know that this is what the Minister for Regional Development, Conor Murphy is committed to and I will be using my position on the scrutiny committee to encourage others to support him in this endeavour.

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