The luxuries we may have to survive without
The An Bord Snip Nua report listed some of the luxuries we may have to learn to forego if its recommendations are implemented.
- The Army equestrian team: The report calls for the closure of the Army Equestrian School to save €1m a year. No more Army riders at the RDS Horse Show then.
- Tipstaffs: It could mean an end to the 91 colourfully named tipstaffs -- the men and women who act as personal assistants to judges.
- The Asgard II: The Navy training ship that sank off France should be left to rot at the bottom of the sea and the Government should pocket the €3.8m from the insurers and save a further €800,000 every year in training costs.
- Christmas card from your TD: The report recommends barcodes on free envelopes for TDs to monitor how they use their letters.
- A walk in the woods: Privatising Coillte, the state agency that owns and maintains almost three quarters of all the country's forests would put an end to going down to the woods.
- Free art: Bord Snip Nua wants us to pay for access to the National Gallery and other cultural institutions.
- A glass of water: The report calls for all water use to be metered and the introduction of charges based on consumption.
- Prize funds: An Bord Snip Nua wants an end to the big prizes given out at Irish race courses and paid for by the tax payer.
- Pulling a sickie: Teachers should no longer get 30 days of uncertified sick leave.
- Private education: The report wants the Department of Education to slash payments to private schools by 25pc and then continue slashing in the years ahead.
- Our man in Havana: Scrap our 21 least important embassies and sell off other embassy buildings in good locations.
- Free passports: The over-65s should be made to pay for passports (along with TV licences).
- Garda perks: The report wants an end to an extraordinary payment to gardai who are on holiday and therefore miss out on payments for working anti-social hours.
- Graffiti-free streets: The report wants to end a €1m project to clean graffiti and force those convicted of minor crimes to clean up instead.
- Friendship: The group calls for a €300,000 saving by scrapping a programme to foster good relations between Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Free flights: A quarter of all Army flying hours are used to shuttle government ministers around the country. The report recommends that government departments should be made to pay.