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MORE than nine out of ten Government departments pay suppliers within 15 days, figures show.

Minister for Small Business John Perry said almost 60,000 payments were made in the last three months of last year, amounting to just under €1.13bn. He said 52,362 of those – valued at just under €1.08bn – were paid within two weeks of being billed.

Mr Perry said the figures "demonstrates that departments are continuing their efforts to comply with... requirement to pay business suppliers within 15 days of receipt of a valid invoice".