I haven't seen a thread on this so apologies if one has already been setup.
The Sunday Times reported last weekend (Oct 24th) that DoF officials prepared two memo's for Brian Cowen, one in 2004 and another in 2006, stating that elements of FÁS's then budget of €800m were questionable and not properly focused.
The only action Mr Cowen took was to increase FÁS's budget to €1bn by 2007. This is the same Brian Cowen who defended his constituent and pal Roddy Molloy in Dáil Eireann before Molloy was forced to resign in (well compensated) disgrace.
There are a couple of points to be made about this-
-Civil Servants will always seek to protect themselves from potenial controversey. In this case the DoF did their job by highlighting their concerns to the resident Minister. Are we to believe that DoF officials ignored the looming banking crisis and failed to inform their Minister of any concerns? I don't think that is plausible.
-If Cowen could so blatently ignore these memo's what other advise did he ignore?
-Why did Cowen jack up the FÁS budget to €1bn at a time of full employment and why did he fail to take heed of points raised by his officials?
Cowen 'was warned about FÁS spending' | BreakingNews.ie