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
Can I reassure Senator Cummins that I am supportive of the legislation? I think separating Irish Water from Ervia subject to some of the issues being resolved is a good thing. That is separate from whether the single utility as is being proposed is a good or bad thing. Much of that devil is in the detail.
Regarding the potential figure of €10 million in additional operational costs each year, obviously, it is the same number of staff who will be occupying the same amount of office space, albeit with some reconfigurations, and they will be doing things similar to what they are doing at present. Will Mr. Ó Coigligh run us through where those extra costs of €10 million come from and what they will fund? Does he have a read in terms of what those additional costs will be annually?