Saturday May 30, 2020

Under pressure: how Irish Water faces a PR battle

After years of acrimony and controversy, Irish Water has an image problem – something which its managing director Niall Gleeson is hoping to put right without delay

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

5th January, 2020
Niall Gleeson, managing director of Irish Water is facing a PR battle. Picture: Fergal Phillips.

Before Niall Gleeson took over as managing director of Irish Water, he had a problem with the sewage in his house in Blackrock in Co Dublin.

It was lashing rain and “miserable” when his wife called Irish Water on a Saturday night. “I actually didn’t think that anyone would come out on a Saturday night, but half an hour later a local authority guy came out from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. He was a great guy,”...

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