30/06/2016

Expert Commission On The Funding Of Domestic Public Water Services Announced

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, has announced the establishment of an Expert Commission on the funding of domestic public water services in Ireland.

The Expert Commission will have 8 independent members and an independent secretariat, which will be provided by the Institute of Public Administration. The Commission will be chaired by former Senator, Joe O’Toole, and the other members include:

• Dr Xavier Leflaive of the Environmental Directorate of the OECD;

• Mr Peter Peacock, Chair of the Customer Forum for Water Scotland and former Scottish Minister;

• Mr Bill Emery, Chair of the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator;

• Mr Brendan O’Mahony, Chair of the National Federation of Group Water Schemes;

• Ms Sarah Hendry, academic lawyer specialising in water and environmental law, University of Dundee, Scotland;

• Dr. Andrew Kelly, founder and executive Director of EnvEcon; and

• Ms Gritta Nottelman, strategy consultant for Waternet, the only water company in the Netherlands that is dedicated to the entire water cycle.

Making the announcement, Minister Coveney, said: "I have chosen people who I consider to have the necessary professional expertise in environmental matters, law, economics, the customer perspective, the water sector and the regulatory system, and I have included a mix of both national and international experts."

(MH/CD)

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