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Public Accounts Committee, Dáil clerk Peter Finnegan, committee member and Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy

This afternoon.

Dáil clerk Peter Finnegan is answering questions at the Public Accounts Committee in light of his report on the purchase of the controversial Japanese Komori printing press which, the committee heard, will likely be in use for 12 to 15 years.

In response to a question from Social Democrats TD, about what things should be learned from the event, Mr Finnegan said:

“All of the project teams must include specialist architectural expertise where a project could involve structural modifications and where appropriate, legal, external subject matter and health and safely expertise.

“And I think in reality if this project would have run as you would have expected it to run, we would have had an architect on the team, there would have been discussions that would have taken place at a very early stage.

“Those discussions I suppose would have been reflected in the nature of the business case because the business case that was received basically referred to the purchase of an asset. But it didn’t make reference whatsoever to ancillary works.

“And this was kind of looked at by a range of people within the Oireachtas – not just the project team because at the time we had a system where we had a committee that looked at kind of business cases of this nature.”

Later after listing the members of the business and strategy sub-committee by their title but not by their name*, Mr Finnegan added:

All of those people looked at it. In actual fact three or four of the members of that business and strategy sub-committee went over to the printing unit, went into the rooms where the printer was going to be installed and the issue of height never actually came up.”

“So I think the big thing was there was actually just no sense at all that height was an issue and I suppose the perspective I think, really, when you look back at the papers and the evidence was that the project involved the purchase of an asset.

“Like the complexities around the installation of that asset were not considered. At all.”

“It was just assumed that the asset that we were purchasing, the new printing press could replace the old Heidelberg printing presses. And that was how it was at the time.”

* Mr Finnegan said the committee was headed by the then Superintendent and included the Head of Communications at principle level, the Principal from Committees, the Principal from the Parliamentary Legal Advisers’ Office, the Principal from the Library and Research Service and the Principal who is Head of Finance and Commission of the Office of Secretary General. He said it also included the Chief Translator and Assistant Principle in the Office of the Commission, the Secretary General. 

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The latest increase follows reports last night that the total cost of the printer had reached around €1.8million, €200,000 more than the €1.6million outlined by the Oireachtas just two weeks ago.

From top: Leinster House: staff will need a forklift truck to load paper into the state-of-the-art Komori Printer

This morning/afternoon.

At the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee meeting.

Discussing a report by Clerk of the Dáil Peter Finnegan on the printer overspend….

Staff will have to use a forklift to load paper in the controversial Oireachtas printer, which is going to cost significantly more than originally thought, according to Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane.

He said the state-of-the-art Komori Printer is twice the size of any printer that staff have used before and there are “training issues” in relation to its use.

Good times.

PAC hears forklift needed to load paper in new Dáil printer (RTÉ)

Earlier: “I Was Advised That The Estimated Cost Was €230,000”

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

This morning.

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.

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Leinster House

On Saturday.

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)

That’s right.

255,000 of them.

Senator Averil Power used Oireachtas facilities to print 73,000 calendars (Independent.ie)


Anon writes:

 Have you noticed there is no comments section open for that story (link above) in the Indo on Averil Power. Unlike say this story on Sinn Féin. Must be an oversight…