Belfast Telegraph

Experts to probe NIW pipes crisis

The names of two experts who will investigate the role of Stormont minister Conor Murphy in the burst pipes crisis in Northern Ireland have been revealed.

Philip Holder and Heather Moorhead will look into the response of Mr Murphy and his departmental officials during the Christmas emergency that at its height left 40,000 homes and businesses without water.

Mr Holder has 25 years experience in the utilities sector with English company East Surrey Holdings while Ms Moorhead is a former chief executive of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA).

The independent investigators were appointed by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

While they will probe the role of the minister and his department of regional development, the region's Utility Regulator Shane Lynch will examine the performance of government-owned agency Northern Ireland Water (NIW) in what will be a two-stranded inquiry.

NIW's chief executive Laurence MacKenzie has already resigned.

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