MacKenzie to resign

It is not on line yet but the BBC have just announced that Lawrence MacKenzie the chief executive of NI Water is going to announce his resignation. Presumably Conor Murphy hopes that this resignation will quieten the criticism of his handling of the debacle. It does leave Murphy’s recent claim to have confidence in MacKenzie looking a little foolish. It also brings even further into question his decision to sack the previous board of NI Water at MacKenzie’s behest. On that occasion the DRD’s senior civil servant Paul Priestly was the scapegoat and the rot seemed to stop there: whether Murphy will be so fortunate this time is unclear.

Update: The BBC now have it online.