The infamous multi-million euro Dáil printer which was too large to fit in its room has finally come into use, three years after it was initially purchased.
Its use was delayed by the government’s lockdown, as Oireachtas staff did not know how to operate the machine, and its UK-based manufacturer was unable to send training staff over due to the Covid restrictions.
As a result, the top-of-the-line device has been sitting idle for years, even after over €314k in taxpayer money (not including VAT) was spent fitting it into the printing room at Kildare House.
Before that, the €808,000 device had been kept in storage at a cost of €2,000 per month.
According to a spokeswoman for the Houses of the Oireachtas, the printer training has now finally been completed after beginning in mid-September.
In December 2019, a year and a half after the printer was initially purchased, Dáil Clerk Peter Finnegan said that there was “absolutely no denying that a series of mistakes were made during the project” and that the “mistakes arose from human error.”
“They were honest mistakes and made by staff who were seeking to improve the printing services for members,” he said.