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Howlin puts bill for Finance and OPW on spring-clean list

THE cost of cleaning up after messy civil servants is the latest cost to be put under the spotlight by Brendan Howlin, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Close to €1m is spent on cleaning the Department of Finance and the Office of Public Works every year and Howlin revealed last week he plans to stick this bill on his growing list of expenses to review.

The minister has asked both the department and the state body responsible for public buildings to explain how the contract cleaning bill for Finance costs over €200,000 a year while the OPW costs in excess of €700,000.

Surprisingly, despite previously asking all departments and state bodies to reveal their main outgoings, Mr Howlin admitted he hadn't realised how big a cleaning bill there was until recently.

"I have noted the amounts quoted," Mr Howlin said, "and will ask both the Department of Finance and the Office of Public Works to examine the costing and to come back to me with their views."

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