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Friday 19 September 2014

Department of Finance spends €175 on troika course

Gordon Deegan

Published 12/07/2014 | 02:30

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Michael Noonan

The Department of Finance seems uninterested in life after the Troika judging by its spending on training.

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Michael Noonan's department spent more than €280,000 over the past year on staff training courses but shelled out a measly €175 on a course entitled 'Maintaining the momentum reform priorities after the Troika programme'.

The finance m inister revealed his department is more interested in leadership. It spent more €15,000 on a leadership and development programme that cost €15,300.

A further €4,900 was spent on an executive programme on country sovereign risk management and crisis resolution. Mr Noonan also confirmed that €2,430 was spent on a course entitled 'Understanding the EU budget' with a further €6,285 spent on executive coaching.

In total, the Department of Finance spent €119,370 on training courses and an additional €165,516 on university and other third level courses - a total of €284,886.

In a written Dail response to a question from Sinn Feinj's Mary Lou McDonald, Mr Noonan said: "The Department of Finance continues to invest in staff development in order to supplement the skills and qualifications of our teams, through a combination of internal and external training and development initiatives."

He added: "The department strives to improve training in order to develop greater 
professional, technical, management and leadership skills.

Using the Performance Management and Development System (PMDS), the department reviews our staff's performance and endeavours to identify any skills requiring enhancement to ensure our training resources meet our business objectives.

On the leadership and development programme, a department spokeswoman said: "Thirteen members of senior management received training under the organisational learning and development initiative executive programme amounting to €10,000, by Dr Paul Mooney of Tandem Consulting Limited."

She added: "One member of senior management received training from the IPA as part of their leadership challenge programme for senior public servants, amounting to €5,300. This programme began in March 2014 and ended in June 2014.

Separately, Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, confirmed that his department has spent more than €50,000 on 'executive coaching' in 2013.

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