The political postponement pipeline is backing up badly while a nervous government struggles to avoid alienating voters
Just when we thought that the National Children’s Hospital massive cost overrun might have been a one-off from which the government and the permanent government in the civil service would draw a serious lesson, we see the government override the advice of its most senior financial civil servant, Robert Watt, against committing to the National Broadband Plan on the grounds, among others, that the €3 billion price tag might prove to be a huge underestimate of the final cost which might be in the order of €5 billion.
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