Ministers defy mandarin over €16m bailout

Alan Kelly and Brendan Howlin agree “once-off” payment to cover shortfall

20th December, 2015
Robert Watt and Brendan Howlin at a recent meeting

Government ministers overruled one of the country’s most senior civil servants to give a €16 million bailout to councils ahead of the general election.

Councils around the country were facing a financial shortfall after large companies such as Vodafone, Eir and Meteor had their commercial rates bills reduced by an independent agency last month.

But their pleas for a bailout were opposed by one of the country’s most senior civil servants, Department of...

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