Stephen Donnelly: Howlin must lead change by example on cutbacks
Minister's reform plan will fail unless the culture of spending is altered -- and Stephen Donnelly sees little evidence of that
Government spending has been out of control for years. Last week I found out that even in the middle of an IMF programme, a culture of spending more and more is still alive and kicking.
On Wednesday, I and other TDs spent several hours in public session with Brendan Howlin. We were reviewing the spending estimates for 2012 for the eight State agencies under his control.
To my astonishment, seven of the eight agencies were looking for more money than last year.