Forget rulebook, it's just wrong
OVER a period of four years, the State training agency FAS spent €643,000 on transatlantic travel for the purpose of promoting the Science Challenge programme, from which Irish scientists benefited. In the same period, it paid almost €48,000 in air fares for journeys undertaken by its chief, Rody Molloy, sometimes with his wife.
Mr Molloy did nothing wrong. He defended himself on the Pat Kenny radio show yesterday, saying: "We broke no rules or regulations. At the time we were doing it, it was standard practice."
Standard practice, certainly, in many quarters, and downright parsimonious by comparison with some. When the chiefs of the US automobile industry flew to Washington to beg for help for their ailing industry, they did not fly business class. They did not fly first class. They used their private jets -- much to the annoyance of some members of Congress.