Public sector must wake up to reality

How appropriate that the bank account which paid for 31 foreign trips for trade union officials, civil servants and HSE executives should have been perceived by those concerned as a ‘‘social partnership’’ account, as the internal investigation and la

9th October, 2010

How appropriate that the bank account which paid for 31 foreign trips for trade union officials, civil servants and HSE executives should have been perceived by those concerned as a ‘‘social partnership’’ account, as the internal investigation and last week’s hearings at the public accounts committee revealed.

The account - dubbed a ‘‘slush fund’’ by Fine Gael’s Jim O’Keeffe - and the activities it funded illustrate how taxpayers were taken...

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