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No payoff for NIW Chief

5 January, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Assembly member Caral NíChuilin has said that there should be ‘no question’ of a pay off being given to NI Water Chief Executive Lawrence McKenzie if he resigns from his position.

Ms NíChuilin said:

“The way I see this situation is very clear. Mr McKenzie is responsible for the operations of NIW, operations which failed to deal with the recent thaw. His company fell well below the standards expected by the public.

“There will in the coming days be an inquiry launched into the NIW response to the recent crisis. If Mr McKenzie decides to resign in advance of that inquiry investigating and reporting then the Board of NIW should accept his resignation and move ahead. There should be no negotiation and no question of a pay off from the public purse.

“It is entirely wrong for NIW to enter into any severance arrangements with Mr McKenzie in advance of that report.” ENDS

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