Environment Minister Phil Hogan says it was necessary for Irish Water to spend large sums on money on consultants.
It emerged yesterday that of the company’s 100 million euro start up costs – over half was paid on various consultancies.
Minister Hogan says its not possible to establish a company correctly without spending money and it can’t be done ‘off the top of your hat’.
Meanwhile, a senior Fianna Fail member of Donegal County Council says there is a real fear that the authority will be forced to hand over millions of euro worth of assets to Irish Water, without any guarantee that problems in a number of areas of Donegal will be tackled.
As the Fianna Fail party continues to block the budget on the basis of unanswered questions, Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan says the lack of clarification is a major issue, and it’s getting worse rather than better…….