Former County Manager defends ‘Whole System of Work’ spending

Former County Manager Michael McLoone has again defended the Whole System of Work after the controversial project hit the headlines once again.

The Irish independent reports states the Council ignored a damning report in paying an extra €90,000 to consultancy firm - that payment has been defended by the council today.

The WSW is a framework with the aim of helping the council work more efficiently. - its implementation cost 3.5 million euro.

Commenting today Michael Mcloone defended the project stating that the work done in Donegal could go on to save taxpayers millions throughout the public sector.

Another feature of the Irish Independent article highlights a 90,000 euro payment a consultancy firm.

The paper claims the fee was made despite a damning internal audit that questioned its lavish expenses and found that some of the advice given was available for free on the Internet.

In a statement today the Council says the payment was for testing the system and was on foot of a decision taken by Councillors at a meeting in 2010.

The council says that the next stage of the process will be to conduct a formal evaluation which will examine system suitability / applicability and cost / benefit potential of the framework and its use.

Arrangements to invite tenders to carry out this evaluation are being considered.