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Management at Dublin City Council must be held accountable for waste of money on High Court appeal case

9 August, 2015 - by Chris Andrews


Sinn Féin Councillor Chris Andrews has said management at Dublin City Council need to be held accountable for wasting €2 million on an appeal against a High Court judgement has now been withdrawn.

Councillor Andrews said the decision to challenge the original judgement, which was very critical of senior staff in the council, should be investigated by the finance committee.

Speaking today Councillor Andrews said;

“Dublin City Council has withdrawn its appeal against a High Court judgment in which senior staff were severely criticised for secretly manipulating official waste records.

“The council has spent more than €2m on this legal case to date and those responsible must be held accountable.

“Resources are scarce yet Dublin City Council management continued to pursue this case when they clearly had no chance of succeeding. The withdrawal of the appeal is admission of the futility of this course of action. However €2 million has been wasted.

“At a time when services are being stretched to the limit and we have 1,300 children in emergency accommodation, two million could have had a big impact on the lives of the most marginalised. Yet Dublin City Council management were more concerned with spending and defending a project that public representatives have said was wrong from the start.

“Clearly the incinerator project was a pet project by council management and it was decided to try and force a square peg into a round hole.

“The decision to challenge the original judgement and spend two million should be investigated by the Finance Committee 

“It is hard to see how this spending could ever have been justified and bearing in mind the shortage of resources this needs to be investigated at the highest level.”

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