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Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: I will not hold up the case on this. Mr. Finnegan has been asked every question possible and all of the questions I was going to ask but because it is so serious I want to add a few comments and questions. I will begin by saying I accept the business case. I am half a businessman myself and the Oireachtas did the right thing in purchasing the machine. There is no question about that. The...

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: Was that for the two existing machines?

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: For some reason this case has caught the public imagination. I do not know why. It is probably because of the national children's hospital and broadband. There is a general feeling out there in the public. This is a general feeling I am getting as a politician, that politics, politicians, civil servants and public servants are playing with taxpayers' money and they do not take...

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: Do we have costs on all of that?

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: Could we get a report on those costs?

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: Are they in it already?

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: That is acceptable. Some of my colleagues here today have made statements such as "shopping sprees", as if Mr. Finnegan is going off spreading the money. I do not accept that either. I do not want to be associated with stating Mr. Finnegan was on a shopping spree as if he is going out buying for Santy Claus. That is not a remark that I agree with. What we need to bring back into the...

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: He came across as though we did not ask the right questions the last day he came before us.

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: We have an old saying down in my part of the country, "see no evil, hear no evil". Because we did not ask the right questions we did not get the right answers. I would not like that kind of thing. We have the costs laid out now but there is still talk about storage and training. Mr. Finnegan said there will be training. I am sure there are health and safety issues and perhaps there...

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: That is finished and gone.

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: How much does Mr. Finnegan think that training will cost?

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: It is part of it.

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: Could there be a problems down the line if the unions are demanding extra moneys for this?

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: I thank Mr. Finnegan for coming in here today. He had a tough engagement and this is the second time he has been in front of us now.

Public Accounts Committee: Purchase of Komori Printing Press and Related Matters: Houses of the Oireachtas Service and Office of Public Works (12 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: These things need to be clarified and the public need to be assured that we are doing the right thing.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Rural Development Policy (5 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: It was €3 billion. It may be €5 billion before it is over.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Rural Development Policy (5 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: 12. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to improve service provision in rural areas in view of the latest CSO figures released in respect of measuring distance to everyday services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50370/19]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Rural Development Policy (5 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: I ask the Minister to outline his plans to improve service provision in rural areas in view of the recent publication of CSO figures in respect of distances to everyday services and to make a statement on the matter.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Rural Development Policy (5 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: By the Minister's own admission, the latest CSO figures confirm that this Government is leaving rural Ireland behind with regard to service provision. The report published last week on the distance to everyday services in Ireland makes for very sobering reading. Rural dwellers face distances to most services that are at least three times greater than those faced by their urban counterparts....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Rural Development Policy (5 Dec 2019)

Bobby Aylward: I only quoted figures from the CSO-----

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