The body said it was necessitated by an 'entirely unprecedented' level of media attention
New figures show that Irish Water has spent more than €300,000 on external PR since January 2014.
The national utility paid €317,000 to four Dublin based public relations firms to deal with bad press.
That's on top of their own three person, in-house PR team.
The figures were obtained by the Sunday Independent through a Freedom of Information request.
The company claims that the spend was justified due to the 'entirely unprecedented' volume of media attention Irish Water received.