Wednesday 21 March 2018

Department spends €177k on 'secret' report for court

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke

Gordon Deegan

A spend of almost €180,000 by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on a 'secret' report is part of an outlay of €3.6m on reports by the Department and the Department of Finance since 2011.

In a written Dail reply, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, has disclosed that legal firm Mazars was paid €177,545 by his Department for a report, but the Minister is unable to disclose its contents.

However, Mr Bruton stated that "this report is part of the evidence in a criminal prosecution by the DPP and will be detailed in court when the case is heard".

Since 2011, the Department has spent €2.1m on reports. Minister Bruton also confirmed that earlier this year his Department paid a firm, Capita Business Services Ltd, €9,809 to review allegations made against Enterprise Ireland (EI).

Spokespersons for the Department of Enterprise and EI both stated yesterday: "Certain unsubstantiated allegations were made by an individual concerning Enterprise Ireland.

"Capita were appointed by the Department of Jobs to independently investigate the matter. Their report concluded that there was no evidence to support the allegations and that no further investigation should be undertaken." 

Separate figures provided by the Department of Finance show it has spent €1.57m on reports since 2011.

Irish Independent

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