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Corporate enforcer forced to wait years for key appointments of forensic accountants and computer experts

This is a two part-blog. First half is a story about the chaotic saga of getting forensic accountants appointed to Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement. Second half is about a similarly chaotic process of trying to fill a vacancy for an IT expert who could examine electronic evidence in the office. Uploaded below are […]

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Department warns over serious danger of fraud in annual spending of €340-a-million on childcare schemes

CHILDREN’S Minister Katherine Zappone has been warned that childcare schemes across the country are wide open to the potential for fraud. In a submission, Ms Zappone was told there were “serious concerns” over the Department’s ability to monitor around €340 million in annual spending. The memo said the current system allowed services to make “over-claims” […]

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RTÉ should review loss-making public service broadcasting, internal Department of Public Expenditure documents say

THE Department of Public Expenditure said RTÉ needs to cut costs more before any commitment should be made to give them extra funding. RTÉ should be asked to review loss-making public service broadcasting and even look at what services it was providing, an internal Departmental briefing note says. The memo for Minister Paschal Donohoe was […]

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Irish Water’s parent company Ervia looked for €250,000-a-year salary for new chief executive, €30,000 more than agreed

IRISH Water’s parent company Ervia looked for a €250,000 salary for its incoming chief executive despite being told the pay for the position had to be €30,000 less. The appointment of former Bórd Na Móna executive Mike Quinn was eventually agreed with a pay package of €225,000, a hike of €5,000 on what had originally […]

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Gardai did not have a single staff member assigned to chase up €2 million in overpayments in salaries and pensions, audit report reveals

GARDAI have been overpaid by almost €2 million in pay and pensions but the force does not have enough staff available to get the money back. An internal audit report has revealed that chunks of the money will end up being written off because of difficulties in recovering it. The report on financial controls, prepared […]

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No fire stopping in ceilings between bedrooms and an emergency exit that led into a storeroom forced closure of Irish asylum seeker centre

A CENTRE for asylum seekers was shut after a fire safety inspection found serious deficiencies including an emergency exit sign that led into a store. The biggest problem discovered was that no fire stopping had been fitted in ceilings above the accommodation, which would have allowed a blaze spread quickly between bedrooms. The Westbourne Holiday […]

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High mileage rate for powerful cars abolished for all public servants except for ministers and judges

MINISTERS and judges are being rewarded for driving gas-guzzling cars with a higher rate of mileage unavailable to other public servants. The special rate for cars with large engines is only payable to Cabinet members, ministers of state, and members of the judiciary. It was discontinued for other civil servants as part of a review […]

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What type of prisoners are most likely to get temporary release from Irish jails?

DRUG dealers and thieves are the most likely offenders to benefit from temporary release from jail. More than 270 men and women have been freed from prison early from their sentence, the majority of them permanently. Of the criminals given early release, 33 of them were serving jail terms of at least five years meaning […]

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Naval Service said LE Aisling was proving a massive drain on manpower and resources before controversial sale for just €110,000

THE Naval Service were eager to sell off one of their old ships because it was taking up space and every time they needed to move it, they had to hire expensive tug boats. The LE Aisling was sold in public auction for just €110,000 to a Dutch businessman in March. However, it caused controversy […]

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Local authorities spend more than €200,000 sending sixty councillors and officials away for St Patrick’s Day

THE annual pilgrimage of government ministers to cities across the globe for St Patrick’s Day has become a national institution. It’s not just our Cabinet however who get to represent Ireland abroad each year, with over €200,000 spent sending more than 60 councillors and local authority staff away this year for March 17. Of the […]

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