I also heard a story of how things are done in FÁS today. A friend of mine does quotes in the area for tools for a number of companies and organisations. FÁS is one of these. On average with quotes of this nature in Cork there are only three companies who can supply them, so you average out on 1-in-3 contracts. But he found with FÁS he was getting 1-in-20 which is very odd! He mentioned this to head office who had him try out something. For the next quote he charged Cost price plus VAT. Therefore the cheapest. Did he get it the quote? No. Next time he doubled the prices, he got that one!
There needs to be a route and branch reform of FÁS and its operations so waste like this does not go on.
Of course this really re-opens questions on how good Brian Cowen is at picking people. Our Tániste did not know how many Commissioners there were on the EU Commission and Brian Lenihan making a complete balls of the budget shows that if you have no brains but support Cowen, you will go far!