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Editorial: Crises can’t be used by government to abandon checks and balances around spending

While the government has had to spend billions of euro on emergency supports, it is concerning that Dáil oversight rules were ignored as large sums of money were transferred between government departments

The erosion of the Dáil’s oversight powers on the transfer of money around government departments is a worrying development

The past three years have changed the rules around government spending and intervention. The Covid-19 pandemic, followed by Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent energy price crisis, has forced the government to spend billions of euro in emergency supports.

Nobody can deny those interventions were necessary. Both the pandemic and the energy price shock have created unprecedented challenges for the state. At the same time, such once-off crises do not mean the government ...