From top: Clerk of the Dáil and Secretary General Peter Finnegan; a Komori offset printer; from Mr Finnegan’s report on the purchase of the printer
Clerk of the Dáil and Secretary General Peter Finnegan’s report on the purchase of the Komori printing press, which is located in the basement of Kildare House, has been published.
In it, he noted that during discussions between the House of the Oireachtas Service and the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General during the audit of the appropriation accounts 2018, and ahead of an appearance before the Public Accounts Committee, Mr Finnegan was advised that the estimated cost of the printer was €230,000.
His report that the total cost to date in relation to the printer, that has yet to print a single page, is €1,598,605. A breakdown for this figure is as follows:
Printing equipment: €1,369,605.
Print room works: €229,000.
Mr Finnegan noted that “necessary additional works on the fabric of the building while the contractor was on site and access was available” were carried out to the tune of €195,000.
However, he said these costs, which will be paid by the OPW, are “not attributable to the works necessary to deal with the head height issue arising from the installation” of the printer.
Read it (and weep) in full here
Previously: Millon Euro Question