Ryan's motorised windows cost a cool €34,000
Published 28/01/2011 | 05:00
FORMER Communications Minister Eamon Ryan was treated to a €34,000 suite of windows by taxpayers in 2009, in an effort to confront "office warming".
And not just any windows were good enough for the Green Party TD, with the massive cost being been blamed on the "necessity" for them to be motorised. Health and safety officers insisted on the need for windows that would "open at the top", create appropriate "cross ventilation" and require as little effort as possible, according to the Office of Public Works (OPW).
Details of maintenance and decoration on ministers' offices, released to the Irish Independent by the OPW, have revealed the massive cost of keeping the former minister cool.
While Mr Ryan pulled out of government with his Green Party colleagues on Sunday, he made sure to leave his successor with only the best when it comes to office comfort.
In 2009 the OPW paid €21,209.50 for three motorised windows in the minister's room, according to records.
A further €12,568 was paid for a motorised window and door to the balcony for the minister's office.The work was carried out by civil engineering firm, PJ Hegarty and Sons Ltd.
The department declined to comment on the cost.
However, a statement by the OPW said the windows were installed because "in order to address the overheating in the room, it was decided to create cross ventilation".
The statement added that because of the size of the windows -- at six and four metres high -- engineers decided that for health and safety reasons the windows would have to be motorised.
"In order to create the cross ventilation the windows had to open at the top," the statement concluded. Records also show maintenance work on the minister's toilet cost €653.09.