FÁS reform criticised as 'rebranding exercise'

FÁS reform criticised as 'rebranding exercise'

Plans to revamp State training agency FÁS were today branded a spin job that avoids tackling the problems at the root of the organisation.

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Tánaiste to replace FÁS with new agency

Tánaiste to replace FÁS with new agency

The Tánaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan has today announced that it is her intention to replace FÁS with a new training agency.

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FÁS gives pre-retirement execs eight weeks extra holidays

The state training agency FÁS is reported to be giving executives an extra eight weeks holidays in their last two years of service to prepare for retirement.

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FÁS governance 'significantly strengthened'

The Secretary General of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has said there has been a significant strengthening of governance and accountability at FÁS.

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Report raises further questions on FÁS spending

Report raises further questions on FÁS spending

Another damning report into FÁS has shown how the agency and its former Director General Rody Molloy spent tens of thousands of euro on tickets for matches and concerts.

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Spending watchdog to investigate FÁS college

A Dáil public accounts watchdog is launching an investigation after just 12 trainees completed a course at a €6.7m FÁS college in the Taoiseachs constituency.

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PAC seeks measures to prevent 'golden handshakes'

The Dáil's public spending watchdog is calling on the Minister for Finance to take measures to prevent a repeat of the Rody Molloy "golden handshake" in other state boards.

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Coughlan knew Molloy wanted to keep FAS car

Enterprise Minister Mary Coughlan has admitted that she was aware the former director general of FAS wanted to retain his company car.

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FÁS executive charged with €600k fraud

A FÁS executive was charged today with 47 counts of defrauding the state training agency of more than €600,000.

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Coughlan publishes legislation to reform FÁS board

Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has published new legislation that will create a smaller FÁS board which she says will have greater accountability to the taxpayer.

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FÁS reform legislation to be published today

New legislation to reform procedures at the state training agency FÁS is expected to be published by the Government today.

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FÁS chairman expected to resign today

FÁS chairman Peter McLoone is expected to resign today in the wake of the controversy surrounding wasteful spending at the state training agency.

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Coughlan: FÁS law contained basis for pay-off

Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has said that the legal basis for the €1m golden handshake awarded to ex-FÁS boss Rody Molloy was agreed under the legislation which set up the agency.

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Labour calls on Coughlan to consider position

The Labour Party says the Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan, should consider her position as a result of her handling of the Rody Molloy affair.

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Corporate watchdog to investigate FAS claims

The Tánaiste Mary Coughlan is taking legal advice on reviewing increased pension entitlements to former FAS chief executive Rody Molloy.

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Molloy 'didn't like flying'

The former head of FÁS who walked out amid a scandal of lavish expenses run up through first class travel today claimed he did not like flying.

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Former FÁS chief admits spending was inappropriate

Former FÁS director general Rody Molloy has admitted that his use of foreign travel while in the position was inappropriate.

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Molloy to appear before Dáil committee this week

Former FÁS director general Rody Molloy has reportedly agreed to appear before the Oireachtas public accounts committee this Thursday.

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Labour leader calls on Harney to resign

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has called on Health Minister Mary Harney to resign.

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FÁS to strengthen audit processes

State training agency FÁS is to strengthen is internal auditing practices after revelations about its expenses spending this week, it was announced today.

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FÁS board to report to Tánaiste

The board of FÁS is due to report to Tanaiste Mary Coughlan later today.

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Hanafin backs fellow minister Harney over FÁS hairdo issue

Minister Mary Hanafin has said that she doesn't feel the controversy over the Mary Harney's wash and blow dry will have any personal consequences for the Health Minister.

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Former FÁS chief requested to attend next week’s PAC meeting

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has launched a scathing attack on the former director general of FÁS Rody Molloy who resigned from his position on Tuesday night.

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Fás chiefs to appear before Dáil committee

Several top FÁS officials will appear before the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today despite the resignation of embattled boss Rody Molloy.

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Former FÁS boss won’t appear before Public Accounts Committee

Former director general of FÁS Rody Molloy will not appear before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee tomorrow, it was confirmed this afternoon.

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Taoiseach praises 'honourable' FÁS chief after resignation

Taoiseach Brian Cowen today praised FÁS chief Rody Molloy for resigning and described him as an honourable public servant.

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Cowen says Molloy did right thing

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has again defended former FÁS director general Rody Molloy following his resignation from the position last night.

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FÁS boss right to quit, say Greens

FÁS director general Rody Molloy was right in deciding to resign his position last night, according to Green Party chairman Senator Dan Boyle.

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