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Value for money for tax payers and Q&A with Pat

Posted on May 16, 2007 at 06:54 PM

Countdown to Change - Pat launching our countdown to change in the press centre of our campaign headquarters.
Pat launching our countdown to change in the press centre of our campaign headquarters.

Day 18 kicked off with a press conference in election HQ's press centre hosted by Pat and Liz where they focused on value for taxpayers' money.

The document focuses on Fianna Fail and the Progressive Democrats' record of waste at a cost of millions to the taxpayer and how Labour will improve public spending and the delivery of public services.

One example of this is the saga of the HSE computer system PPARS that does not work with the total cost to date being €176.8m and rising each day never mind the uncertainty as to whether or not it will be rolled out nationally.

"This Government has been indifferent in the face of a litany of waste and in some cases has originated it. Labour and Fine Gael in Government will tackle this issue head on," Liz told the press conference. Read Liz's statement here and Pat's here.

After the press conference it was out to Tallaght on the battlebus where Pat took part in an online questions and answers session with readers of the Irish Times, you can read all the responses here, thanks to everyone who took the time to table a question.

Tonight Pat will debate with other party leaders in a televised debate on RTE at 9:30pm and is also being shown live on the RTE website here. This is just one of a couple of media interviews this week, Pat will be also talking to Pat Kenny in the morning from 11am and on the Six-One news on RTE 1 on Friday evening.

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