State spent €1.4m
on empty offices

The Minister for Public Expenditure is failing to control wasteful spending by State agencies after it was revealed Forfás spent €1,407,655m on vacant office space in 2012.

The Minister for Public Expenditure is failing to control wasteful spending by State agencies after it was revealed Forfás spent €1,407,655m on vacant office space in 2012.

The 2012 Financial Statements from Forfás raises serious questions for Minister Howlin and the OPW which comes under his control. It is clear taxpayer’s money is being wasted on empty office space in Dublin.

We need to see real joined-up thinking across Government to tackle this type of problem. At a time when over 415,000 people are still on the Live Register is simply not good enough for a State agency to be wasting almost €1.5m on empty offices. Minister Howlin needs to ensure there is an audit of how much such vacant office space there is across State agencies and how much more money the taxpayer is being forced to pay out as a result.”

Sean Fleming

FF Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform