Wednesday, 29 April 2009

1,000 Euro to change Garda lightbulbs

Even by Gombeen Nation standards this one is incredible.

The Garda Representative Association has claimed that the Office of Public Works paid €1,000 to change three lightbulbs at a Garda station. Its president, Michael O’Boyce stated that the OPW wastes public money and should be abolished. Some might say the same about the Garda, of course, but that’s another story.

I know that Gormley’s energy-saving bulbs are expensive, but not that expensive. But then again, we all know by now that public money is an infinite resource in Ireland. In response, an OPW spokesperson said they were “surprised and disappointed” by the criticism.

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Ella said...

"Surprised and disappointed" the OPW might be, but it doesn't mean the it didn't cost EUR 1,000 to change the 3 light bulbs.

Anonymous said...

Thanks GM for bringing this to light. I'm shocked and revolted by the OPW's resistance re switching from their current practices.
Ponyboy Tasmania

Harald75 said...

Is it really true that the longer you live in this country the less surprised you are reading stories like this? ;-)
Although: I am not really able to believe that the whole story can be true...

The Gombeen Man said...

Ella, they certainly don't seem to be denying it.

Ponyboy - very good! Why couldn't I think of those this morning when I was doing the blog!

Harald, the longer you stay here, you will find that your capacity to be surprised by anything simply disappears!!! I don't have details on this one, but it was on and PA. You have to wonder what kind of skullduggery was going on.