Carriage clocks for everyone? Pampered civil servants were given "retirement" presents and awards paid for by taxpayers, it has emerged.
Fifteen staff at the Dept of Foreign Affairs shared €7,500 last year, or an average of €500 each. This practice has since been "discontinued".
The taxpayer also picked up the tab for €2,200 in "retirement gifts" at the Valuation Office last year, according to the latest Comptroller & Auditor General report into public spending.
More than €3.6bn is to be cut from the country's deficit in the December Budget, with government spending under massive scrutiny.
Sunday Indo Business