How Unions clinched secret staff deal with Irish water

8th January, 2015
Environment minister Alan Kelly (right) visits the Ringsend waste water plant, with John Tierney, chief executive of Irish Water Picture: Bryan Meade

The government agreed a secret deal with trade unions to fill vacancies among the 4,300 council staff working for Irish Water. The agreement has cast major doubts on the ability of Irish Water to achieve its target of reducing running costs by 7 per cent this year.

Its only way of reducing staff costs is to hold back from filling vacancies left by retiring staff because the jobs of serving council staff are protected under the Haddington...

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