Tuesday 16 January 2018

Waste still rife on Fine Gael's watch

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

THERE has been quite a lot of talk about Labour's broken promises. But it was Fine Gael who shouted the loudest at the last election about fixing the country's Budget deficit by "prioritising cutting waste over raising tax".

The latest report from the state spending watchdog shows there is plenty of waste out there after two-and-a-half years of Fine Gael in power.

The party of fiscal rectitude will no doubt point out that some of the most glaring examples are historic. The appalling mess in trying to find a new office for the State Pathologist and the Dublin Coroner dates back to the past Fianna Fail government. Around €3.3m has been spent with nothing to show for it. The partially completed centre had to be demolished because it was a health and safety risk.

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