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Why are public inquiries so expensive?

  • 11-09-2021 11:19am
    Registered Users Posts: 67 ✭✭ ireallydontknow

    Irish Times article today revealing leaked information about the Siteserv inquiry. 'The draft report finds that €8 million more could have been realised for the State.' A few sentences later it says, 'The costs of the inquiry could exceed €30 million, and the Dáil has heard claims that the final bill may reach €70 million.' That seems a staggering amount, dwarfing the supposed €8 million undervaluation that was being investigated.

    The Chilcott Inquiry in the UK over the Iraq War lasted eight years and cost £13 million, which is comparatively small for a longer inquiry that was of greater significance. Why are these inquiries so expensive (don't just say lawyers are expensive - why are they that expensive?) and are they really worth it?