Money Provided For Irish Water For Local Authority Voluntary Redundancies

MONEY PROVIDED FOR IRISH WATER FOR LOCAL AUTHORITY VOLUNTARY REDUNDANCIES

Irish Water is to be given money to fund over 1-thousand voluntary redundancies at local authorities.

A memorandum brought to Government by Environment Minister Phil Hogan sought the money to slim down the new semi-State body as it takes over responsibility from councils.

Earlier this year, the ESRI’s Professor John Fitzgerald said Irish Water would be so over-staffed it would lead to higher charges for Irish households.

This new memorandum from Environment Minister Phil Hogan is aimed at giving clarity to how the semi-state is going to slim down as it takes over responsibility from city and county councils.

Irish Water is being given about 39 million euro to secure 11-hundred voluntary redundancies from local authorities – who will otherwise have to be paid for by the new firm.

The news comes amid Cabinet tensions about the final bill for water charges – and mounting public opposition.

Contractors in Co Cork were yesterday blocked from installing meters in Toker after a stand-off with protesters.

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