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Thursday 30 March 2017

Tanaiste remains tight-lipped on €7.8m scheme

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

TANAISTE Mary Coughlan has refused to say if she will formally publish a report on a controversial FAS programme which was scrapped last year after costing taxpayers €7.8m.

Details of the report, which led to the closure of the Science Challenge Programme, were revealed yesterday by the Irish Independent.

Ms Coughlan came under pressure in the Dail yesterday to formally publish the report, with Labour leader Eamon Gilmore pressing her on when the report would be laid before the House. But she failed to answer the question.

Ms Coughlan simply stated she had received the report last April and closed the programme down.

Meanwhile, she has confirmed that six members of the new FAS board were appointed by her without applying for the job.

Fine Gael TD Alan Shatter suggested some were appointed because they had party affiliations.

Ms Coughlan declined to comment on this claim.

Irish Independent

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