Saturday 19 January 2019

Competition body is 'compromised'

THE COMPETITION Authority's ability to carry out its functions has been "compromised" as its last Government-enforced merger was akin to a shotgun wedding, according to chairman Declan Purcell.

The authority has dropped over one-quarter of its staff since 2006 but any employees have not been replaced.

But he said there had been changes in attitudes since the authority was established as the benefits of competition are more widely recognised among public servants and the general public.

Dr John Fingleton, (above) who led the authority before moving to head its British counterpart, said the lack of sanctions for breaking competition law in Ireland was "shocking".

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