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    FAS ’Car’


    From the report on FAS

    Purchase of a car for Opportunities 2000</span>
    3.50 As part of Opportunities 2000, a raffle of a car was promoted by FÁS to all those attending the event. Two cars were on display at the event and attendees were asked to fill out a registration form to gain entry to the draw. However, the raffle did not take place as a licence to carry out the draw was not obtained. The Director of Corporate Affairs stated that the two cars on display were returned to the supplier.

    3.51 The Director stated that an event management company was appointed, through the FÁS advertising agency, to manage and organise Opportunities 2000 to a maximum cost of €635,000 plus VAT. The advertising agency was to invoice FÁS for all third party costs at three stages (commencement, interim and final).

    3.52 FÁS was invoiced by its then advertising agency for a car costing €9,200 including VAT and agency fees. The invoice, which merely stated ‘car’, was approved for payment by the Director of Corporate Affairs in February 2000.</span>

    3.53 The Director stated that he approved payment of this invoice as part of the interim payments but it was the responsibility of the advertising agency to reconcile the account at the final payment stage and to ensure that credit notes for goods or services not supplied were issued. He confirmed that no other car was provided to FÁS following the return of the two vehicles on display at the event.

    3.54 Enquiries made to the motor trade, as part of this examination, did not provide any information about what car, if any, had been provided to FÁS for the payment. No evidence of credit having been issued to FÁS for the cost of the car was provided.</span>

    3.55 The €9,200 was non-effective expenditure as FÁS did not receive anything for it.

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    Didn't Tracy Chapman write about that?


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      #3


      Originally posted by Balla Boy




      Didn't Tracy Chapman write about that?

      Wrote something about it in bout 1988, way ahead of her time[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

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        #4
        Maybe they got a deLorean,went back to the furure and we'll wake up tomorrow readty to trounce Tigers in the HEC final of2009 afyet blasting the Ladyz 50-0?
        I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
        HL Mencken

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          #5
          <h1>Gormley calls for resignations at FÁS</h1><div ="story" ns="">
          <rte:>

          Minister for the Environment John Gormley has called for the resignation of the board members of State training agency FÁS.


          A report published yesterday by the Comptroller and Auditor General
          said there had been a 'substantial and prolonged breakdown in budgetary
          control' at the agency.


          Among other things, the report revealed that FÁS had spent €600,000 on a television advertisement that was never broadcast.


          Tánaiste Mary Coughlan said that if the board members were to offer their resignations, she would accept.


          However, on Morning Ireland her Cabinet colleague said the board
          members should step down. The Green Party leader stressed that he
          believed there needed to be accountability.


          Mr Gormley said the board was responsible for a level of wastage that was not acceptable.</rte:>
          </div>

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            #7
            Originally posted by taz
            <H1>Gormley calls for resignations at FÁS</H1>
            <DIV ns="" ="story"><RTE:>


            Minister for the Environment John Gormley has called for the resignation of the board members of State training agency FÁS.


            A report published yesterday by the Comptroller and Auditor General said there had been a 'substantial and prolonged breakdown in budgetary control' at the agency.


            Among other things, the report revealed that FÁS had spent €600,000 on a television advertisement that was never broadcast.


            Tánaiste Mary Coughlan said that if the board members were to offer their resignations, she would accept.


            However, on Morning Ireland her Cabinet colleague said the board members should step down. The Green Party leader stressed that he believed there needed to be accountability.


            Mr Gormley said the board was responsible for a level of wastage that was not acceptable.</RTE:></DIV>









            The ad may never had been broadcast but I think in due course it will be disclosed the ad was never made and dummy invoices put the money in the pockets of FF insiders.

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              #8


              Similar thought crossed my mind. I'd be wanting a screening of that advert before an invited audience, to include hacks, as a matter of urgency, otherwise the presumption must be that it was a snowjob pure &amp; simple.

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                #9
                Originally posted by taz
                <H1>Gormley calls for resignations at FÁS</H1>
                <DIV ns="" ="story"><RTE:>


                Minister for the Environment John Gormley has called for the resignation of the board members of State training agency FÁS.


                A report published yesterday by the Comptroller and Auditor General said there had been a 'substantial and prolonged breakdown in budgetary control' at the agency.


                Among other things, the report revealed that FÁS had spent €600,000 on a television advertisement that was never broadcast.


                Tánaiste Mary Coughlan said that if the board members were to offer their resignations, she would accept.


                However, on Morning Ireland her Cabinet colleague said the board members should step down. The Green Party leader stressed that he believed there needed to be accountability.


                Mr Gormley said the board was responsible for a level of wastage that was not acceptable.</RTE:></DIV>



                <S&#079;NG>JUST SACK THEM YE FCUKING RETARDS</S&#079;NG> - with no payout

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                  #10
                  "Tánaiste Mary Coughlan said that if the board members were to offer their resignations, she would accept"


                  Heard her interview with Mary Wilson - started by welcoming the report - but refused to ask for the resignation of current Fas directors who were sitting during this f*ck up

                  What a cop out - Coughlan should go herself (but wont, as she clearly doesnt understand the meaning of the word accountability)



                  "I've got lots of potatos that need peeling and manure that needs shovelling" -M. Burns :_skull__rvmp_by_bad

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                    #11
                    Originally posted by kermit
                    Originally posted by BangBangSuzie


                    <S&#079;NG>JUST SACK THEM YE FCUKING RETARDS</S&#079;NG> - with no payout


                    Can't do that. It's not the Private sector.


                    Yup once appointed the only way to get rid of them before the end of their appointment is if they step down.


                    Of more importance which political genius from FF appointed them in the first place?
                    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                      #12
                      Originally posted by McCloud
                      Originally posted by kermit
                      Originally posted by BangBangSuzie


                      <S&#079;NG>JUST SACK THEM YE FCUKING RETARDS</S&#079;NG> - with no payout


                      Can't do that. It's not the Private sector.


                      Yup once appointed the only way to get rid of them before the end of their appointment is if they step down.


                      Of more importance which political genius from FF appointed them in the first place?





                      At that time nothing was done without Bertie's sayso and it looks like he let in Rody Molloy as a token to Biffo.

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                        #13


                        Is this the one they're all looking for? I think I know where it is.















































                        The early bird catches the worm but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.

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                          #14
                          Originally posted by Arthur Guinness


                          Is this the one they're all looking for? I think I know where it is.


















































                          Im sure i saw DG driving that today.Are you doing FAS course Dermot?

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                            #15


                            Originally posted by Stanley


                            The ad may never had been broadcast but I think in due course it will be disclosed the ad was never made and dummy invoices put the money in the pockets of FF insiders.


                            Yep -looks like one of Bertie's Drumcondra Mafia Scumbagsgot a handy 600K from the Irish Taxpayer in exchange for nada - a nice return for giving his boss a "dig out". The Fraud Squad are investigating this one. (No doubt we'll have SkyDuck on this thread shortly defending Bertie Bung and the FF Crooks.)
                            <DIV ="info">

                            Mistress of Inaction on FAS
                            By Shane Ross Sunday September 13 2009
                            There is nothing urgent about the overspending in FAS. It's all in a day's work. Just ask the Tanaiste.
                            A damning report about Fas has been sitting in Mary Coughlan's department since June 12. She had three months to lay it in the Dail library. She just beat the deadline last Thursday. The squalid state agency ended up with three months' breathing space.
                            Why?
                            A cynic might suggest that last Thursday was a good day to release an embarrassing report. All the main news bulletins were jammed with the full details of Brian Lenihan's Nama bill.
                            The truth is that Mary is a master of commissioning endless reports and a mistress of inaction.
                            Her solution to the orgy of overspending at Fas is to play for time and commission reports.
                            Last year the top brass at Fas incurred indefensible travel and lavish entertainment bills. The state agency that cares for the unemployed was the vehicle of junketeers to sunny Florida.
                            That little racket was exposed by the Sunday Independent, not by Mary's department -- the outfit with responsibility for Fas.
                            Following the Sunday Independent story and an interview with RTE's Pat Kenny Fas director-general Rody Molloy resigned.
                            Last Thursday, John Buckley, the Comptroller and Auditor General, revealed another torrent of overspending at Fas, a torrent that would embarrass any normal political mistress. Not the Tanaiste.
                            Mary Coughlan "welcomed" the report.
                            She pleaded that it demonstrated " serious deficiencies" in financial controls in particular areas of Fas over a specific period. Wishy washy stuff.
                            "Serious deficiencies"? That's all.
                            She went on to welcome the measures that Fas has taken "to improve financial control and governance across the organisation" since SHE raised her concerns about the matters last year. If my memory serves me right, she was not at the front of the queue.
                            Good old Mary. She is cleaning up Fas. My eye.
                            The rest of her response remained self-congratulatory. Following Mary's intervention Fas has apparently been cleaning up its act. "Work is underway" (it always is), continued the Tanaiste, to amend the Labour Services Act to improve corporate governance practices. Big deal.
                            There would be no more corporate credit cards for staff following the gross abuses exposed by the Sunday Independent. A breakthrough.
                            A new internal audit procedure was being introduced etc etc. Small beer.
                            John Buckley examined the 2002 to 2008 period in Fas. This latest, in a series of reports, scrutinised the advertising and promotional spend of Fas over those seven years. The findings were horrendous.
                            Expenditure in the general advertising area exceeded budget
                            New infraction avoidance policy: a post may be described as imbecilic, but its author should never be described as an imbecile.

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