Answered on June 18, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will outline in further detail the number and type of jobs to be created by the new Irish Water utility company; and the latest timeframe for recruitment to these positions.
Reply from Minister Phil Hogan: To date the establishment of Irish Water has been supported by the Programme Office within Bord Gáis, and a number of local authority and Departmental staff have been seconded to the Office to assist in this work.
The permanent Irish Water organisation is due to be incorporated shortly and currently has six staff. On-going work on a detailed Target Operating Model for the permanent organisation will be finalised in the near future and opportunities will be available for staff in local authorities to apply for jobs in the permanent organisation. It is intended that the legislation to transfer statutory responsibility for water services to Irish Water will provide for local authorities to act as agents for Irish Water with this relationship being expressed through Service Level Agreements. The majority of the existing staff will remain employees of local authorities working under such arrangements.
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