Saturday 19 August 2017

Real reform is more than just merging councils

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Does buying land make sense at a time when you're already sitting on sites worth €2.2bn, are experiencing sharp drops in your income and are already struggling to repay loans? Probably not.

But it appears that at a time when the Government was telling us all to tighten our belts and take our austerity medicine, local authorities were busy spending more than €150m a year on such an endeavour.

It raises questions as to what level of scrutiny is being applied to the spending of enormous sums of public money.

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