June 18, 2021

Stop the press! Waterford TD demands answers over €1.8m Dáil printer scandal

Waterford TD David Cullinane has called for the clerk of the Dáil to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions over the controversy surrounding the printer that has cost taxpayers a whopping €1.8 million and has yet to print a single page.

Deputy Cullinane, who is the Sinn Féin member of the Dáil spending watchdog, said explanations given by the clerk about the massive cost overrun so far raises “more questions than answers”.

The Waterford TD (pictured below) said: “I have the highest of regard for the Clerk who I know to be an extremely talented and professional individual, but we need answers on this issue.

“It is the job of the PAC to examine public expenditure from systems, practices and procedures perspective – and it is clear that with the printer there was a breakdown in these procedures. This led to significant cost overruns.”

Deputy Cullinance added: “Until we have these answers, this story will run and run – and for that reason it is my opinion that the sooner the Clerk of the Dáil appears before the committee the better.”

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