Northern Ireland Water’s new chairman revealed
The Irish businessman husband of a Fianna Fail politician has been appointed as Northern Ireland Water's new chairman, it can be revealed today.
Padraic White will take over the post made vacant by the dismissal of Chris Mellor earlier this year.
Mr Mellor and three fellow directors were axed by Stormont Minister Conor Murphy over a contracts debacle at the Government-owned water company.
The action was taken after audit reviews found a string of contracts had been awarded without competition — in breach of public sector tendering rules.
Mr White is a former managing director of the Republic's Industrial Development Authority, a government body. He is involved in regeneration projects in Dublin and Belfast, and was also the first chairman of an Irish public transport procurement body.
His wife Mary is a Fianna Fail senator who plans to run for the Irish Presidency when Mary McAleese ends her term in office.
He will serve as NI Water's interim chairman for an initial period of up to nine months.