Thursday 22 March 2018

When the money trail runs dry

ALL through the Celtic Tiger years and into the Age of Austerity, government spending has been closely scrutinised by the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Dail Public Accounts Committee.

Their labours have brought forth searing revelations and angry comments. And there, almost every time, the matter has rested.

Must it be ever thus? Yesterday's report by the C&AG disclosed some extraordinary burdens thrust directly or indirectly on the taxpayers, several of which do not derive from the over-exuberance of the boom but from the consequences of the crash.

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