22 September 2008

FÁS under Investigation

An investigation into the expenditure of FÁS, Ireland's national training and employment agency, over the past eight years is to be undertaken by John Buckley, the State's Comptroller & Auditor General. (see also my entry from earlier today)

A spokesperson for the Tánaiste (and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment) Mary Coughlan, who made the announcement, said the investigation was "in response to speculation and negative publicity about FÁS".

Asked if there was any reaction from his department, the spokesperson added that "the Minister has confidence in the leadership of FÁS and will wait for the outcome of the examination, before deciding whether or not any action is warranted".

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