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Government has serious questions to answer on Hogan's handling of questions surrounding Irish Water consultancy spending - Gerry Adams TD

28 September, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said that the Government has serious questions to answer regarding the way Phil Hogan handled questions about his knowledge of the €50m spent on consultancy services attached to the establishment of Irish Water.

Deputy Adams made the comments following fresh revelations on RTÉ Radio One’s This Week Programme that the former Minister not only had knowledge of the consultancy contracts but also signed off on documentation relating to the contracts as far back as December 2012.

Speaking today Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said,

“Sinn Féin has consistently opposed in introduction of water charges. We blocked their introduction in the north and we will seek to reverse them in government in the south.

“Sinn Féin repeatedly questioned the setup cost of Uisce Éireann - Irish Water and the issue of consultants benefiting from the public purse.

“These are huge sums of the people’s money to establish a body that was neither wanted nor needed. A body that will shortly send out water charge bills on the direction of this government.

“Over €50million was paid to private sector consultants.

“When this was put to the Minister he claimed that he was unaware of the value of these contracts; however it now appears he was not only aware of this but also approved the amount to be set aside of which consultants would benefit.

“This again raises questions over the former Ministers competence and whether there has been an attempt to minimise the details of the Ministers knowledge on these costs.”

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