Member Since: 21st May 2002
24th Apr 2020
I'm not sure about the headline on this article: "Court finds EY guilty of ignoring money laundering and drug smuggling activities". It seems to me that it was a civil court case so the issue of guilt or innocence does not arise, regardless of what the judge said. Stand by for a solicitor's letter, AW.
9th Apr 2020
It would appear that KPMG kicked the unfortunate Nicola out in a bit of a hurry at Christmas (from their website announcement on 3rd March 2020):
"Professional services firm KPMG has announced today that Warren Middleton has been appointed to lead the firm’s Manchester office.
Warren succeeds Nicola Quayle who, after two years in post, stepped down from the office senior partner role in December. Warren has been acting as interim office senior partner since then."
3rd Apr 2020
2nd Apr 2020
Heart goes out to those who were failed by our legal system where they were made to try and prove their innocence rather than the system proving their guilt.
Too many will never recover from this trauma regardless of any amount of money thrown at them. All I hope is that they realise that there are many, many people who believe in their innocence.
I scrolled down to comment and found that you had used almost the exact words I would have used.
27th Feb 2020
For me, it's all about attention to detail, so forgive me if I point out that someone has been afflicted by an overactive autocorrect. It's Eoin Tonge, not "Tongue".
13th Feb 2020
I'm going to say this with as much tact as I can: if you decide to use a yachting metaphor, you should choose the right tack.
28th Jan 2020
Maybe I have missed some undercurrents elsewhere, but I am surprised at the hostile tone and ridicule of some of the responses. What has Richard Murphy done to people to merit it?
I saw another thread recently where someone asked a question, was asked for further information and then responded with something like "you have all the information, why don't you answer the question?" What is this site coming to?
24th Jan 2020
"Companies House is free advertising, and people do look there."
People look there when they are already thinking of working with a company. They don't look at random sets of accounts in hope of finding someone they can work with.
Another bizarre article from Mr Murphy.
Sorry to disagree. You are taking a narrow view and are being unfair to Mr Murphy, in my opinion.
In my case, my main purpose in looking at accounts at Companies House is to identify the significance of competitors and to assess suitability for potential acquisition. Yes, we do "look at random sets of accounts in hope of finding someone [we] can work with".
I would also be impressed if I saw an impressive set of accounts with branding etc for a potential supplier or customer.
I like the suggestions made in the article.
9th Jan 2020
Nice article and interview etc. However, the IOC is fundamentally flawed. Its members are not required to retire or be re-appointed and they appoint their cronies when vacancies occur. It is a gravy train for their benefit and Ms Haddad's efforts, though sincere, won't change or reduce any of that.
The head of the Olympic Council of Ireland (in place since 1989) and a member of the IOC since 1994, was arrested at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and charged, with nine others, with ticket-touting, ambush marketing, theft, tax evasion, money-laundering and criminal association. He got bail and returned to Ireland. He has not returned to Brazil to deal with the case and has not co-operated with the Government enquiry in Ireland. He is still a member of the IOC and their website lists him (and others) as "Temporarily self-suspended". The IOC investigation has not reported yet, almost four years later. I doubt that it will ever report in a meaningful way or impose sanctions.
Hickey's positions in the Olympic Council of Ireland and the IOC were both "unpaid". He was paid large per diems and expenses for his "work" - he ran a modest sole trader estate agency business in Ireland.
In addition, there is a long history of bribery and corruption involving other IOC members. It is a racket and I doubt that Ms Haddad will change that, no matter how long she is in the position.
5th Dec 2019
Unfortunately, this has become a national embarrassment for us Irish. A couple of people involved in the procurement appear to have got carried away in the excitement of getting a fantastic piece of kit. One little-remarked aspect of the process was that the Request For Proposals specified a maximum machine height, reflecting the low clearance originally available. However, at some stage after the RFP had been accepted, the machine supplier sent some documentation that included one page giving the dimensions of the printer. At that point, a careful purchaser would have noticed, immediately excluded the printer and started the process again. However, the crucial detail wasn't spotted and the parties proceeded to sign a contract and land us Irish taxpayers in this mess.
Needless to say, it is not expected that any person involved will suffer for their incompetence. Taxpayers' money doesn't seem to attract particularly onerous responsibilities.
Incidentally, the machine is to be used to produce printed information for the politicians in parliament (the Dáil). Typical examples are calendars, Christmas cards, posters etc at minimal cost to them. Another scandal, but I digress.
And SteLacca's forecast about obsolescence before commissioning could well prove to be accurate.
We have form in these things. If I had space and more time, I could tell you about our computerised voting machines and sundry other public sector IT procurement/development scandals.