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Town Clerk defends water staff

Frank Pentony, deputy County Manager, second from left handing over the keys of Dunleer Parochial House from Louth County Council to Tony Mallon, chairman Dunleer Community Development Board

Frank Pentony, deputy County Manager, second from left handing over the keys of Dunleer Parochial House from Louth County Council to Tony Mallon, chairman Dunleer Community Development Board

Dundalk Town Clerk Frank Penony has criticised reports in the national press which stated that council staff will do nothing when transferred to Irish Water.

Mr Pentony dismissed reports that council staff who have run the water services in Louth will “be paid to do nothing” under deals agreed between Irish water, Louth Local Authorities, and other local authorities in the country.

“There has been a lot of misinformation about Irish Water and local authority staff in the national press,” Mr Pentony told a meeting of Dundalk Town Council.

“We have the expertise to deliver the water and it is going to take time.

“We have ventured into an agreement with Irish Water to make sure people have water in taps on first of January (when Irish Water take over).”

“I am defending my own staff.

“The local authority staff have been misrepresented on this.

“We are getting a little bit of a bashing at the moment which I feel is unfair.”

Louth Local Authority has entered into a service contract that covers a period of 12 years.

Irish Water will pay the salaries of more than 4,000 council workers who currently run the water network in the country.

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said that this is twice the number of staff the company needs and because of this customers will pay higher water charges. Irish Water has entered into a service agreement with 34 local authorities, including Louth Local Authorities.

Under this agreement local authority workers will not be made redundant.

Service level agreements between Irish Water and councils show that incentive payments can be made if performance targets are met by councils.

Councils must also provide support services in IT, human resources, pensions, legal services and office facilities.

 
 
 

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