Sunday 26 March 2017

Quangos not only cost taxpayers but they serve no purpose

Economist Colm McCarthy recommended a serious quango chop as a first step in cutting down on Government over-spending
Economist Colm McCarthy recommended a serious quango chop as a first step in cutting down on Government over-spending
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

Before the last election we were promised a ‘bonfire of the quangos' and a cull on the plethora of State-funded bodies, institutes and authorities that grew up in the boom years, many of them competing and overlapping and all of them invariably calling for more Government money, such is the nature of these bodies.

It seemed that there wasn't any aspect of Irish life that didn't have its own expert organisation, paid for the Irish taxpayer.

Economist Colm McCarthy recommended a serious quango chop as a first step in cutting down on Government over-spending. But the new Government lost its bottle and, with backsliding and special pleading, the vast majority of these bodies survived, and are still writing their ‘important reports.’

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