Monday 26 February 2018

Folly of decentralisation

SHUTTLING social welfare officials between Dublin and eight decentralised offices -- some quite remote -- costs taxpayers more than €400,000 a year. And ferrying 90 Irish Aid officials between just two cities, Dublin and Limerick, costs more than €170,000.

Is any of this necessary? Absolutely not. These are just two small examples of what happens under the crazy decentralisation scheme announced by Charlie McCreevy, then finance minister, in 2003 and implemented with an enthusiasm worthy of a better cause.

And the travel by civil servants, who pick up small enough allowances for their trouble, is only the tip of an iceberg.

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