Monday 25 September 2017

State has spent over €300m on tribunals to date

The State has spent over €300m to date on 12 separate Tribunals and Commissions of Inquiry and Investigation – and the bills continue to mount. Stock photo: Getty
The State has spent over €300m to date on 12 separate Tribunals and Commissions of Inquiry and Investigation – and the bills continue to mount. Stock photo: Getty

Gordon Deegan

The State has spent over €300m to date on 12 separate Tribunals and Commissions of Inquiry and Investigation - and the bills continue to mount.

As the Government sets up the McCabe Tribunal, figures provided by the Taioseach and three government ministers have confirmed that the bills to date from 12 separate Commissions of Inquiry total over €305m.

The spend includes €54.74m to date on the Moriarty Tribunal, established to investigate payments to politicians, and another €57.25m to date incurred by the Mahon Tribunal, which was established to investigate corrupt payments in the planning arena.

The Mahon Tribunal itself estimates that its final bill will be €159m.

The bill for the Morris Tribunal that inquired into complaints concerning gardaí in the Donegal division totalled around €70m.

In a written Dáil reply to questions from Labour leader Brendan Howlin and Sean Fleming of Fianna Fáil, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed that the spend to date on the IBRC Commission totals €1.52m.

Mr Kenny said the final cost of the IBRC Commission was estimated to be €10m.

Mr Kenny said that the spend on the Fennelly Commission - established to investigate several controversies involving the gardaí - was €3.03m at the end of December.

Ticketing

In a separate written Dáil reply, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, told Mr Fleming the Moran Inquiry into ticketing issues at the Olympics is due to be complete by the end of March and the final cost is to be €300,000, with the spend to the end of January at €30,312.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has told Mr Fleming that €4.1m has been spent on the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters.

Separately, the Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the costs associated with the Commission of Investigation into the shooting of dissident republican Ronan MacLochlainn by gardaí in May 1998 totalled €1.153m.

Ms Fitzgerald also confirmed the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin total of €8.789m, with the Commission of Investigation into the death of Gary Douch at Mountjoy prison totalling €2.3m.

A further €1m was spent on the Commission of Investigation into the Dean Lyons case.

Irish Independent

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