Minister Burton refuses to pay rent costs, for the
Combat Poverty Agency
The Minister for the Social Protection confirmed that her department was no longer paying the costs of the premises of the Combat Poverty Agency (Dail Eireann, Debates, 12th July 2011, 406). The lease costs for its offices had been
€228,000 each year for 2008, 2009 and 2010, with €57,000 to the end of March 2011, when the department exercised, without penalty, the right to break the 21-year lease.
Jesus, that’s a lot of money for rent. How many people on the Dole could that money feed? and pay their rent or mortgage? or even pay for extra hospitial beds???
But a more important question is who is the landlord getting such a lot of taxpayers’ money? I would be inclined to agree with Minister Burton. Get a more appropriate accommodation that is not going to cost such a ridicules amount of rent! What are the wages costing by the way????