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Poll: Do you think the €3.6bn accounting mistake is a big deal?

The fallout of the accounting blunder revealed by TV3 last week rumbles on for the head of the Department of Finance. Do you think we need to get over it – or should heads roll?

Department of Finance head Kevin Cardiff
Department of Finance head Kevin Cardiff
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE FALLOUT FROM last week’s revelation that a sum of €3.6bn was counted twice by Department of Finance officials is continuing.

An MEP has come out against outgoing Department of Finance head Kevin Cardiff, on whose watch the mistake occurred, holding a position with the European Court of Auditors.

While the Central Statistics Office has insisted that the State was “no better or worse” off as a result of the accounting error, Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy wrote in TheJournal.ie this weekend that he believed that “heads should roll” over the poor communication between the NTMA and Department of Finance which saw the error brought to someone’s attention but not acted upon for almost a year. In the comments section of that article, some readers agreed with Murphy while others thought that it was a human error and that we should put it behind us.

What do you think? Has there been an over-reaction to the accounting blunder?

Poll Results:

No - and I think someone still needs to be brought to book on it (1633)
No - but I think we should move on now (307)
Yes - it's been entirely blown out of proportion (188)
I don't know (23)

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