Sunday 17 December 2017

Waste and fraud, but FF means never having to say you're sorry

New revelations ought to mean they're finished, but Fianna Fail doesn't do sackcloth and ashes, says Eamon Delaney

Still the revelations come about the waste and fraud presided over in the last year by our previous regime.

The latest report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) reveals the tax evasion, social welfare fraud and profligate spending done by Government agencies and departments in 2010. In detail, it captures exactly where we've been going, with a thriving black economy, public servants unaccountable for expensive mistakes and, of course, the real biggie, the hapless taxpayers getting saddled with a bank rescue bill of €65bn.

The new Government has committed to tackle some of these problems, by strict tendering for State projects and proper accountability at political and public service level. Consultation between agencies controlling various State databases to detect tax evasion and welfare fraud is already having some effect, while new investigative powers have strengthened the hands of the Revenue Commissioners.

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