Tuesday 21 February 2017

Need legal backup to weed out waste

Published 29/11/2010 | 05:00

BEFORE the Budget is passed, and money taken from the ordinary taxpaying Irish citizen who did not benefit from this boom but who will bear the brunt of the bust, can we get an undertaking from our political elite and senior civil servants that they will enact legislation that can be independently enforced?

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This is so that any reports of waste and misappropriation of public funds in relation to expenses, FAS, the HSE, golden parachutes, golden handshakes, pension top-ups, unauthorised bonus payments etc are never allowed to happen without the guilty parties being: 1) sacked for negligence, 2) prosecuted via new legislation for white-collar criminality, even if they are civil servants; 3) made pay back the misappropriated funds.

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