Tuesday, 13 December 2005
Brian Cowen (Minister, Department of Finance; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
On the Deputy's second point, I do not see it as the Department of Finance's role to do the job of every other Department. It is not good for the Department of Finance to try to micromanage every other Department. The direct stereotypical view of people in politics is that the Department of Finance has been micromanaging for far too long, in fact, and in that sense, that it is holding up projects. I do not see it as my role or that of the Department to do on the operational side what happens in the Office of Public Works or anywhere else.