Friday 24 March 2017

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JOHN Buckley, right, retires as the State's spending watchdog after just four years.

But during that time as Comptroller & Auditor General he has published a plethora of reports that detailed wasteful spending by state bodies that shocked a country coming to terms with the worst recession in living memory.

One of his most high-profile reports, published in 2009, revealed how advertising spending at state training agency FAS had been allowed to spiral out of control, including a €600,000 advertisement, which was never broadcast.

FAS director general Rody Molloy had already resigned after revelations of tens of thousands of euro being spent on lavish foreign trips involving executives.

Mr Buckley's annual report for 2010, published last September, found €73.4m was paid out to consultants by the State over the banking crisis.

Mr Buckley (63) also outlined how €83.4m was overspent in social welfare, with some €26m blamed bogus claims.

The trained accountant and barrister was appointed as C&AG by President Mary McAleese in May 2008.

Irish Independent

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