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20pc of State bills paid late

APPROXIMATELY one fifth of payments made by Government departments and agencies are more than 15 days late.

The Government has admitted that some 12,409 payments of the 62,013 payments made in this last quarter were made after the 15-day deadline agreed by Government.

Small Business Minister John Perry said that a total of 49,604 payments valued at €1.25bn were paid within 15 days.