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Dr. John Tierney appointed Managing Director of Irish Water

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Tuesday, 29th January 2013: The Board of Bord Gáis Éireann has today confirmed the appointment of John Tierney as the Managing Director of Irish Water, the new public water utility which is being established within Bord Gáis.

John will join Irish Water from Dublin City Council where he has been City Manager for over 6 years. A native of Terryglass in North Tipperary, John has spent over 35 years in local government, having worked in nine different local authorities across the country.

Rose Hynes, Chairman of Bord Gáis, said: “I am very pleased that John is joining Irish Water as Managing Director and I am confident that he will do an outstanding job. John has a very impressive track record in local government. In his last three jobs as Manager in Dublin City, Fingal and Galway City, he has been heavily involved in the planning and delivery of major water services programmes. He has also prioritised water services under Dublin City Council’s smart city programme. John has the qualities and experience to lead the creation and operation of a national water utility that will meet the needs of all public water users.”

John Tierney said: “I am honoured to have been selected to lead Irish Water. It has been a great privilege to have worked in local government and particularly in my current role as Dublin City Manager. I now look forward to working with local authorities, experts from the utility sector within Bord Gáis, and experts from the water sector, to bring together our collective strengths, expertise and experience to create a world class water authority that provides an excellent service to our communities for the future.”

John takes up the position in late April and his appointment is initially for a three-year term.


For more information please contact:

Christine Heffernan: 087 050 5555 /

Aoife Donohoe: 087 773 3344 /

Notes to editors

Dr. John Tierney Biography

Dr. John Tierney has been the Dublin City Manager since September 2006 and has over 35 years experience working in the local government sector. He was previously Manager in Fingal, the fastest growing area in the country, and in the city of Galway. He has also worked in Galway County Council, Kilkenny County Council, Limerick City Council, Limerick County Council, South Tipperary County Council and North Tipperary County Council.

In the past four years in Dublin City, working with the Elected Members and staff, he has managed the City Council through the difficult economic climate, maintaining effective services with much reduced funding and a much reduced workforce.

He is Chairman of the Creative Dublin Alliance where he has worked with other colleagues in the City Region to promote Dublin as a smart and innovative city. He has been Chairman of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority since last June. He also serves on the Board of the Digital Hub Development Agency, the Institute of Public Administration, the National Transport Authority, and the National Sports Campus Development Authority.

John holds a BA and an MA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Administration and a Doctorate in Governance from Queens University Belfast. He is a native of Terryglass in North Tipperary and is married to Sadie. They have two adult daughters Mary and Joanne.

About Irish Water

In April 2012, the Government announced that it will create a publicly owned national water authority to manage and improve the delivery of water and wastewater services in Ireland. This new water authority, Irish Water, will replace the current system in which public water and wastewater services are delivered by 34 city and county councils.  The creation of a national water authority has many benefits. Most importantly, this new approach will facilitate increased investment into the system which will result in better quality water services.

About Bord Gáis Éireann

Bord Gáis Éireann has evolved in recent years from a gas transmission company to a major energy provider, supplying both gas and electricity to homes and businesses throughout the country. A commercial enterprise owned by the Irish State, it also builds and operates one of the most modern and safe gas networks in the world, connecting all natural gas customers to this network. The Government decided to establish Irish Water within Bord Gáis Éireann due to the company’s experience of managing a national gas network, providing award winning customer service and attracting international investment.


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