Government to splash out on new carpets
THE Government is preparing to fork out on maintenance work this year following the discovery of "worn carpets".
Finance Minister Michael Noonan said parts of the carpet in Government Buildings has raised concern for the health and safety of staff.
"Worn carpets in particular on stairs present a specific health and safety risk and a legal risk as well," Mr Noonan said.
The allocation for 2015 has been set at €1.389m, Mr Noonan revealed during his department's official estimates hearing in front of the Finance committee.
A portion of this will be spent on replacing carpets.
The budget for maintenance within the buildings of power is more than double the amount set last year, Mr Noonan confirmed yesterday.
In 2014, some €649,000 was allocated for office premises expenses, however, just €374,000 was spent.
Mr Noonan said major upgrades of the government complex had taken place and that plastering and painting will have to carried out because of damage to walls.
The Limerick TD said under-investment in Government Buildings has been an issue for some time.
People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett raised questions about the significant budget increase.
"This looks to be an exorbitant increase in keeping Government Buildings plush and posh, when so many other people in need are going without. You have to wonder about the amount of the increase."