“€5.4 million of Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission funding spent on salaries and expenses,” Mattie McGrath
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to provide greater detail on the costs associated with its operation. Deputy McGrath was speaking after details provided in the 2017 Revised Estimates for Public Services showed that the IHREC allocated €3,538,000 of the its total funding of €6,522,000 on Salaries, Wages and Allowances, with an additional €1.9 million spent on “Incidental Expenses and Training and Development,” (an increase of 26% on the 2016 cost):
“I think there are very clear questions that need be asked here concerning the value for money that the Irish public is receiving from the IHREC.
Apart from the details on Salaries, Wages and Incidental Expenses etc, the IHREC was also allocated half a million euro in 2017 for ‘Office Premises Expenses.’
This was separate from the €165 thousand it also received for “Office Equipment and External IT Services.”
Add to this a further €80 thousand for ‘Travel and Subsistence” and €299 thousand on ‘Consultancy Services and Policy Review” and there is hardly a penny left of its overall budget.
For a body that talks so much about transparency and rights it is vital that we receive further clarification as to what exactly justifies this level of expenditure,” concluded Deputy McGrath.