Tuesday July 7, 2020

Printergate fiasco another blow to confidence in political system

The Oireachtas plans to hire in more outside expertise for future capital projects in the wake of last week‘s €1.8 million blunder – but does this simply mean there will be someone to blame when things go wrong?

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

1st December, 2019
Leinster House. Picture: Getty

Leinster House authorities are seeking to hire outside experts to help advise them when buying items worth more than €25,000.

Officials insist, however, that the current tender for procurement consultants is nothing to do with the €1.37 million purchase of a printer which turned out to be too tall to fit into the room designated for it. Another €229,000 was spent on building works to resize the room while an additional €195,000 went on mechanical...

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