See AFP: Coalition govt 'to axe 177 quangos'
The Irish Bertie-led government copied the UK Labour government in the frenetic creation of quangos which proved useful sources of "Jobs for the boys".
Now that the new UK government is scrapping a large proportion of quangos,can we expect the Irish government to follow suit?
Biggest cuts: 50 bodies associated with the Department of the Environment,Food and Rural Affairs and 30 associated with the Department of Health,though many of the latter may be reintegrated with the Department.
In principle,quangos were supposed to operate with greater flexibility than the civil service,freed from rigid civil service rules about recruitment and pay. In practice,creation of quangos often degenerated into an exercise of creating "jobs for the boys" and sinecures.