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PPARS fiasco as costs hit €220m

THE PPARS (personnel, payroll and related systems) computer system used by the HSE was a disaster.

Professor Brendan Drumm called a halt to its national rollout in 2005 as costs ballooned from an initial estimate of €9m. It has cost well in excess of €220m to date and is able to do just a fraction of the work intended.

It was hoped it would provide detailed information on its 136,000 staff for human resources as well as draw up rotas. However, it is only capable of paying 30,000 staff and storing information on 70,000.

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