In The Irish Times.
Craig Hughes reported:
“Significant” and costly structural works had to be carried out to fit a €808,000 state-of-the-art printer into the Houses of the Oireachtas offices in Leinster House.
Internal emails show that Oireachtas officials miscalculated the measurements required for the Komori printer to fit into either of the two printing rooms in the building on Kildare Street.
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the Oireachtas estimated the work required to accommodate the printer would cost €236,000. This included tearing down walls and embedding structural steel in order to give it the height clearance it needs to operate.
…While the printer has been installed at Kildare House, it is not currently in use due to an industrial relations stand-off between the Oireachtas and staff tasked with using the machine, who argue they need to be remunerated for work that requires up-skilling.
Works of at least €230,000 required to fit printer in Oireachtas (Craig Hughes, The Irish Times)
From yesterday’s Irish Mail on Sunday
The Irish Mail on Sunday reported on a letter sent by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to pop star Kylie Minogue last October ahead of a scheduled gig in Dublin.
The letter, on Office of the Taoiseach-noted paper, said:
‘Dear Kylie, Just wanted to drop you a short note in advance of the concert in Dublin. I am really looking forward to it. Am a huge fan! I understand you are staying in the Merrion Hotel which is just across the street from my office in Government Buildings. If you like, I’d love to welcome you to Ireland personally.’
Mr Varadkar’s department twice told IMOS journalist Craig Hughes, who sought and eventually obtained the document under Freedom of Information, that the document was exempt from FOI legislation, saying it was written by the Taoiseach in a “personal capacity”.
But, the newspaper reported, the Taoiseach eventually consented to the letter’s release.
‘Dear Kylie’ – the starry-eyed fan letter from ‘Leo V Taoiseach’ to his pop idol asking for a meet and greet (Extra.ie)
Pics: Oliver Callan and Extra.ie