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Daniel McConnell : 2012 - A year of State waste and incompetence

Over the past 12 months, despite ever increasing pressure on government spending, countless examples of shocking failures of competence, greed and waste across all departments and State agencies came to light before the Dail's Public Accounts Committee.

From the financial crisis in the health sector, to calamitous decision-making at the Dublin Docklands, to the extravagance at Waterford IT, to TDs' expenses, the scale of waste and incompetence that was uncovered at the PAC was simply staggering, and unforgivable given the savage €3.5bn cuts that were required in the recent Budget.

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