An analysis by The Irish Times coupled with the findings of recent academic research suggests that while a total of 62 quangos were terminated in the past six years, as many as 40 new agencies have been created, some 14 of them involving the merger of old agencies.

The ambitious “quango cull” of State agencies promised by Fine Gael and Labour in the run-up to the 2011 general election has amounted to a net reduct(...)

Former minister for public expenditure Brendan Howlin, who promised that 48 bodies would be abolished or merged, but the changes were incremental rather than instrumental Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Of all the three-card political tricks played in the last decade, the “quango cull” must rank as the most audacious. In the run-up to the 2011 gener(...)