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How transparent is Irish Water?

The Fianna Fáil party makes a strong argument in its latest video offering on the controversy.

(YouTube: FiannaFailParty)

FIANNA FÁIL HAS produced a video to highlight its concerns about how Irish Water established itself within Bord Gáis.

Uploading the clip to YouTube, the Opposition party described it as “random selection from the document released to explain why Bord Gáis was chosen as home for Irish Water despite advice from independent experts”.

The 39-second video shows a number of almost-completely redacted pages of text.

Earlier today, the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin confirmed that the new State utility will be brought “fully” into Freedom of Information.

“All the documents pertaining to Irish Water should be available to public scrutiny,” he said at a press briefing.

Information can still be redacted for commercial sensitivity purposes.

Irish Water today insisted that it awarded all of its contracts in line with EU rules on procurement. It also noted that it wanted to ensure transparency and value for money throughout the setting up process.

CEO John Tierney is due to face questions from the joint Oireachtas Environment Committee this afternoon. Irish Water has been subject to scrutiny over the past week after it emerged that it had spent €50 million on consultancies. That figure is now expected to jump to €86 million of its entire €180 million set-up budget.

Read: Irish Water will spend nearly €86 million on consultants, contractors and legal advice

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