Saturday 23 September 2017

Talk of conspiracy theory is nonsense – facts are facts

Fiach Kelly

CONSPIRACY theories are attractive ways of shaking off difficult facts. Facts, after all, are harder to take. The facts regarding John McGuinness are clear. An office kitted out for him when he was a junior minister cost the taxpayer €250,000. Mr McGuinness insisted – and the Office of Public Works (OPW) confirmed – he had no input into its cost or specifications.

But the fact is also that he did not adequately query the cost of office renovation in 2007, which is not a good precedent for someone who has later set himself of up as the watchdog of waste across the public service.

Another fact: Mr McGuinness' son, Andrew, claimed more than €30,000 in overtime from the taxpayer in one year while he was employed as his father's personal secretary.

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