NI Water: Mr MacKenzie walked away from ‘identified savings’…

The BBC the other day made rare mention of Northern Ireland Water’s irregularities over the issuing of contracts. These are the breaches that were taken by the Minister (acting on the rather pointed advice of former Permanent Secretary, Paul Priestly) as a premise for the high profile sacking of four non executive directors of the company. It was taken to mean at the time that this represented losses, or monies misspent. But as we’ve demonstrated on Slugger time and time again, that …

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NI Water: Why did MacKenzie break up NIW’s commercial review team?

With the inclusion of a submission to the PAC from Contracting Out, the NI Audit Office team will almost certainly spotlight NI Water’s customer service and IT contract with Steria Ltd. Not least since this is the only part of the initial controversy that substantially touches on the value for money issue. For all the accusations flowing in the direction of the sacked NEDs, it is important to note that Mr MacKenzie was given a detailed briefing on his arrival in …

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