Sunday 11 December 2016

When the money trail runs dry

Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00

ALL through the Celtic Tiger years and into the Age of Austerity, government spending has been closely scrutinised by the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Dail Public Accounts Committee.

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Their labours have brought forth searing revelations and angry comments. And there, almost every time, the matter has rested.

Must it be ever thus? Yesterday's report by the C&AG disclosed some extraordinary burdens thrust directly or indirectly on the taxpayers, several of which do not derive from the over-exuberance of the boom but from the consequences of the crash.

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