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 Header Item Irish Water: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)
 Header Item Estimates for Public Services 2014: Messages from Select Committees

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 826 No. 1

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  9 o’clock

(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Catherine Murphy: Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy] The purpose of partnering with Bord Gáis Energy was to make savings because we were supposed to be leveraging spare capacity in that company.

The second issue relating to parliamentary questions is crucial. We received a document yesterday that outlined month by month what the Department knew. Why were parliamentary questions not answered? We need a clear answer from the Minister on the matter because this cannot be allowed to happen again.

In a radio interview today, the Minister said he was not micro-managing this. Is €180 million micro-managing? At the very least he should have understood that high level information was coming in, outlining how things were happening. In some cases the Department even queried some of the contracts. There is a very significant gap between this and what the Minister is saying publicly. He claims to be appalled at the level of consultancy fees while at the same time there was very significant information within the Department disputing what he is saying. He must account for that.

Debate adjourned.

Estimates for Public Services 2014: Messages from Select Committees

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett The Select Sub-Committee on Finance has completed its consideration of Votes 7 to 10, inclusive, for the year ending 31 December 2014.

  The Select Sub-Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform has completed its consideration of Votes 11, 12, 14 to 19, inclusive, and 41 for the year ending 31 December 2014.

  The Dáil adjourned at 9.05 p.m. until 9.30 a.m. on Thursday, 16 January 2014.


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