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MLA asks if missing NI Water chairman is hiding

By Adrian Rutherford

The outgoing chair of NI Water has landed a plum new job - on the board which oversees Irish Water.

Sean Hogan is one of nine appointees to Irish Water's parent company Ervia.

Mr Hogan, who steps down from his current role in March, will receive €15,750 a year - about £12,000.

Yesterday he faced criticism after ducking out of a crisis meeting on the pensions dispute which saw thousands of homes left without water.

Angry members of Stormont's regional development committee demanded to know Mr Hogan's whereabouts.

"Is he hiding under the table?" asked SDLP MLA John Dallat. "What role has he played in this?"

NI Water chief executive Sara Venning did not directly answer his questions.

She said senior management had been in regular contact with non-executive directors throughout the negotiations.

Mr Hogan, who earns a basic annual salary of £40,000 for three to four days' work a month, has not been seen since the crisis started last month.

He has already announced that he will step down from NI Water in March. He was appointed chairman in March 2011. On Tuesday it emerged that he will now have a role in overseeing Irish Water.

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