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‘Minister for cuts’ runs up €4,500 bill on logo for public reform

PUBLIC Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin hired outside experts to design a logo for his new department.

The so-called Cuts Minister has spent €47,000 on setting up his new Department of Public Expenditure and Reform -- an offshoot of the Department of Finance.

The bill includes €4,500 spent on the "design of headed paper, compliment slips, business card and new departmental logo".

The logo, depicting a harp alongside the name of the department in Irish and English, was designed outside of the department.

The bulk of the funding -- €31,000 -- was spent on fitting out departmental offices.

Fianna Fail public spending spokesman Michael McGrath said the figures appeared to be relatively modest. But he questioned the motivation behind the splitting of the department.

"My view is the setting up of the new department was simply because Fine Gael and Labour couldn't agree who would become Finance Minister," he said.

The minister's spokesperson said the costs were kept as low as possible and the bill included VAT.

Irish Independent