Check For Prints

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From top: Peter Finnegan, Clerk of the Dáil; A Komori offset printer

This morning.

RTÉ News has learned Clerk of the Dáil Peter Finnegan will hold a fast-track inquiry into the spending controversy and update the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on its findings by the end of this week – despite previously failing to tell TDs what happened during an autumn financial meeting.

Over the weekend it emerged Oireachtas officials spent €808,000 on a state-of-the-art printer for the campus plus costly structural works to accommodate the new equipment.

Internal e-mails confirmed the price of the Komori printer in addition to €236,000 worth of structural works to fit it into the building, due to the need to tear down walls and embed structural steel to give it the height clearance needed to operate.

However, when the printer arrived at the Oireachtas on 5 December last year, it became apparent the printer, which is 2.1 metres high and 1.9 metres wide, would not fit into the space.

Dáil’s most senior official to investigate €1m overall spend on printer (RTÉ)

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25 thoughts on “Check For Prints

  1. postmanpat

    Construction jobs for the boys . Some minister at least got a HJ from someone arraigned by Komori after a lavish business meal in Tokyo or Chicago. That’s just how big deals like this work. Can we have a look at the senior minister and his lackeys? I’m guessing they have that pathetic sex tourist look about them.

  2. Hector Ramirez

    Who signed off on a fast track enquiry? Why not a slow inexorable journey into the abyss that is known as forgotten land…

  3. Nigel

    I’m so glad all those kids spent their school years in rickety leaking rat-infested prefabs with no SNAs so that the party of austerity could afford to do the structural work for this printer.

  4. Slightly Bemused

    Actually, I think that is a thing of beauty! when working with printers in college, their offset printer was single colour. To do multi colour, you had to do a run in 1 colour, clean the whole thing, re-ink in the new colour and so on. Guess who got to do the cleaning :) Thankfully, the lining up was up to the master printer in charge – mine would have been all over the place!

    I have no issue with them needing a printer, but as a long time project manger, whoever was in charge of this really messed up! The more I hear, the more the basics were not followed, the most basic being ‘will it fit’.

    Also, there is a very real danger that the warranty on the unit could be affected by the storage. Usually if it is time bound, they have lost the time in storage. There is also the potential that the storage may not have been up to snuff, and any deterioration may be claimed as due to that.

    1. The Old Boy

      You allude to a point that no-one seems to have mentioned. This isn’t a big laser printer; it’s a professional four-colour offset press. I understood that the operation of that sort of equipment was a skilled trade, and the operator would have to have undertaken an apprenticeship with a master printer and done the relevant City & Guilds block release. I doubt you just give a couple of buckos in the Dáil resources unit a few hours’ training and let them loose on it, regardless of the remuneration issue.

  5. garrett

    Install it in the basement!
    Also, the staff refuse to use it until they get extra money and it’s costing thousands to keep in storage.

    Broadsheet, please include all facts when publishing these articles

    1. Slightly Bemused

      It is already installed – Since September. It did cost 2,000 euro a month to store it, but that it no longer.

      The staff are not refusing to use it: they are demanding extra money to reflect the extra skills needed to operate it due to the need for additional training. Not quite the same thing.

      And Broadsheet has given the link to the full article from which they took the extract. You are free to click on it and get the story as reported by the source.

      Now don’t get me wrong, I think the matter is a complete mess-up, I do not think all the facts are yet in the public domain and fear there is worse to come, but there is no need to be snarky.

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      The staff are doing one correct thing in refusing to use it, but should not be asking for more money to use it. The machine requires an experienced press operator (e.g. Komori or Heidleberg), and if the government are to live up to their own preaching about only using certified tradespeople, then that Operator should have a cert and at least five years training plus knowledge of UV laminates etc.

  6. Murtles

    Remember the €1.3 million Dail “tuck shop” which is idle now I believe?
    Remember the €33,000 for a barista coffee machine no one knew how to use?
    Remember the €11,000 for curtains for the Taoiseach’s office and the new €15,000 toilet?
    Remember the €6,000 for Belleek Pottery for the Ceann Comhairle?
    Remember the €160,000 for the Fitness Instructor for the Dail Gym?

  7. Spaghetti Hoop

    I am guessing some bright spark saw the annual costs for print services and proposed to buy one for in-house production. Getting the wrong advice found them purchasing a sheet-fed 4-col offset, which requires qualified operators to run it plus an after-sales maintenance contract, plate-maker, plates, ink, wash-up materials etc. It also needs to be kept running and with shift work to be at optimum value. If their ambition was to keep the entire work-stream inhouse, it also requires a number of finishing machines for cutting, scoring, collating and binding – also with trained finishing staff and a maintenance contract. If not, the print – which needs to be in its thousands of copies – for litho to be more economical than digital – would need to be shipped out of Leinster House to a finishers.

    So, what is the purpose of this? The government publish and disseminate their reports and publications in digital format PDF, and in fact have a duty to do so for environmental reasons. If they are printing leaflets – they are likely to be with variable content, so a digital printer would suffice. Any bills and papers are single colour from what I’ve seen and printing them CMYK would be excessive and wasteful.

    But ‘excessive’ and ‘wasteful’ sums up this government completely. I’d say Komori are p1ssing themselves.

  8. ian-oh

    Well at least they are still pretending they will hold someone accountable.

    They won’t.

    Nothing to see here, move on.

    Edit: Seriously, why the fupp am I still getting ”your comment is awaiting moderation”?

  9. italia'90

    Can I ask any of our super googlers on here if they can help me out please?
    I made reference yesterday in a comment;
    https://www.broadsheet.ie/2019/11/25/million-euro-question/#comment-2148887

    about this and how the opw architect Hilary Vandenberghe raised the issue before works began at a pac hearing chaired by Sean Fleming, but for some reason I can’t find the same page on oireachtas.ie or thru google which gave me the search result yesterday?

    It’s just a coincedence I hope?

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I am not sure about that, but definitely this was mentioned in news bulletins today, so you are correct, but I have no idea where to look for the proof.

  10. Fearganainm

    I suppose that lowering the floor wouldn’t have helped?

    Don’t we still have lads in the Dáil who are happy to give someone a dig-out?

  11. Joe

    Why the f do they need a printer like that, surely the push should be for paperless. Seriously the person who signed off on that should get public shackled and rotten fruit thrown at them.

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