Thursday 22 March 2018

War on quangos saves just 5pc of Bord Snip target

Ailish O'Hora Public Affairs Correspondent

THE Government policy of abolishing quangos has saved just €7m for the public purse since plans to cut these organisations were announced at the end of 2008, new figures reveal.

This represents just 5pc of the €130m target from the cutting of quangos identified in the Bord Snip Nua report last year.

The cuts already completed involve the closure of a number of agencies, including the National Crime Council and the Educational Disadvantage Committee.

The highest saving so far has been €2.7m, achieved when the Combat Poverty Agency and the Office of Social Inclusion merged with the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

The figures also show the cuts have resulted in 55 public servants -- who cannot be made redundant -- either retiring or being redeployed.

The Department of Finance last night accepted that the figures were low.

But it claimed the Government, in the last Budget, had adopted savings proposals from the Bord Snip report totalling nearly €2bn in a full year.

"The recommendations in relation to individual departments should be addressed by these departments," a spokesperson said.

The Bord Snip Nua report, which was headed by economist Colm McCarthy, outlined more than €130m in savings through the abolition and merger of a number of bodies and Government departments.


It included more than €20m in cuts at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment through the amalgamation of all indigenous support functions at Enterprise Ireland as well as a number of other savings.

However, since the report was published, just 11 state agencies under the control of government departments have been abolished, bringing the number to 203 from 214.

Irish Independent

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