Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

General Scheme of the Water Services Separation Bill 2021: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

To cut across Mr. Ó Coigligh, would it be fair to say, because I am one of those people hung up on this question because I think that it is an important one, that in all its operational matters, Irish Water is a non-commercial semi-State company. The only area where it continues to work as a commercial semi-State is in respect of the terms and conditions of the employees. They are not now, and if this proposed Bill goes through as it is, the employees will not be subject to the protections of public service pay agreements. For all other purposes, Irish Water effectively operates like a non-commercial semi-State company. The terms and conditions of its employees are the aspect that is the exception. Would that be a fair summary?


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