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Alan Kelly doesn't think Irish Water should pay any bonuses to staff

Alan Kelly said the new board will address the bonus culture at Irish water as a matter of priority.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly speaking to the media outside Leinster House today.
Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly speaking to the media outside Leinster House today.
Image: Christina Finn/TheJournal.ie

THE MINISTER FOR the Environment Alan Kelly says he does not want any bonuses paid at Irish Water.

Speaking today outside Leinster House, Kelly said that he wanted to make his position quite clear on the matter of bonuses being paid, stating:

“I don’t believe in it, I don’t believe it should happen.”

Priority 

The board of Ervia and the board of Irish Water will merge to create a new board and he said he expected the new board to deal with the issue of bonuses “as a priority”.

“There is a lot of details around this, there is contracts, there is details to be worked out, there is no way as a minister I am going to get into that detail, but I will be telling the new board that I want that issue dealt with as a matter of priority,” he said.

The minister then put a call out for anyone that felt they could play a role on the new board, stating: “We need people for the board of Ervia. We need people with experience in this area, anyone who feels they have that, I would ask them to put their names forward”.

Data breaches 

When asked by TheJournal.ie if he thought the public had any confidence in the organisation following data breaches taking place with people’s banking details being sent to their landlord, he said that peoples personal data has to be protected.

That is absolutely fundamental. A number of errors do occur and you have to accept that that is a possibility, but quite frankly, they shouldn’t.

Any breaches that have happened or have accidentally happened where customers information has been given to people when it shouldn’t have is simply unacceptable.

I made that quite clear today and I don’t expect that to be an issue that will continue to happen.

He said that those customers who did have their banking details passed on to their landlords have been dealt with, stating that senior level management at Irish Water have been in touch with the customers, and he welcomed that.

Read: John Tierney: No one has asked me to resign and I’ll be here this time next year>

 Watch: Paul Murphy tore up his Irish Water application form in the Dáil last night>

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