More appalling incompetence at Northern Ireland Water

The fallout from the unfit-for-purpose utility that is Northern Ireland Water shows no sign of ending any time soon.  It has just come to light that almost £25 million allocated to upgrade Northern Ireland’s ageing water system was given back to the devolved government in December.

Despite years of under investment in the water infrastucture, when money was made available for capital projects it was untouched then returned to the central government pot for reallocation to something else.  Democratic Unionist MLA Alastair Ross seems to sum up the general feeling:

“One has to ask why NIW were unable to spend the £25 million when the need for improving the water infrastructure in Northern Ireland is well-known. This indicates poor financial management within NIW, and a lack of clear leadership within that organisation far beyond the former chief executive (Laurence MacKenzie).

“It seems that every day we learn of more and more mismanagement issues within NIW and indeed within their parent department under the ministerial responsibility of Conor Murphy.”

Perhaps Conor Murphy is finding it harder than he expected to make the adjustment from being a member of the IRA and possessing explosives to being a member of a government and possessing control of a government department.  Perhaps he is in denial of the reality at NI Water, but then, denial seems to be something that comes naturally to him.

7 Responses to “More appalling incompetence at Northern Ireland Water”


  1. 1 MrT 25/01/2011 at 4:54 pm

    Still can’t get my head around the fact that a man convicted of engaging in terrorist activities is allowed to stand for office. As far as I’m concerned he shouldn’t be allowed to vote, let alone ‘represent’ a constituency.

  2. 2 AJC 25/01/2011 at 5:13 pm

    One wonders if Northern Ireland Water is uniquely incompetence within Northern Ireland or just one symptom.

  3. 3 Geoff, Worcester, England 25/01/2011 at 8:16 pm

    I can’t help thinking there’s a lot more incompetence in the governance and infrastructure in NI. This is probably just the tip of the iceberg.

  4. 4 jack johnson 26/01/2011 at 3:57 am

    No doubt this entry would not have appeared if Conor Murphy were of planter descent. Considering britain’s history of awarding medals and promotions to “soliders” for killing unarmed non-combatants as well as its most recent nation mugging projects, a former IRA member holding office is hardly grounds for feigned moral indignance.

  5. 5 jack johnson 27/01/2011 at 12:57 am

    In order to stop the drain on the English taxpayer, perhaps Northern Ireland should be cut loose from Britain.

  6. 6 Autonomous Mind 27/01/2011 at 1:40 pm

    OK Jack, you can leave off the nationalist and sectarian bullshit now.


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