Stephen Kearon and "that" €3250 bill for hosting a website
Stephen Kearon - a Fianna Fail member - at the same time as calling for spending cuts, was outed for charging€3250 for a year's hosting of ONE website. When it's a government site (Dick Roche's) you can get away with this - despite calls for "spending cuts".
- Stephen Kearon, PRO for Fianna Fáil‘s Wicklow CC, former Special Adviser to Minister Dick Roche, and Technical Director in Oltech Office Logics Ltd, earns between €55,000 and €75,000 a year, according to The Journal. He also thinks there should be more spending cuts, but not more tax increases. His personal website is kearon.ie - if you want more detail.
- At the same time as call for more spending cuts, Gavin Sheridan of thestory.ie, uncovered a receipt for €3250 for hosting a website for a year. The website was Dick Roche's. Anyone who knows anything about web design and web hosting knows this is a lot of money - unless the site has extremely technical security requirements. One wonders at the irony of a Fianna Fail member calling for spending cuts at the same time as the coming to light of his charging €3250 for a website which was presumably put in as expenses by Dick Roche, and thus paid for by the tax payer.
- In the run up to the general election, Twitter was alight (at least for a weekend) with the story, led by @brianmlucey and others. Despite many calls for a clarification of it, Stephen Kearon (@skearon) made no comment. He did block @brianmlucey from his twitter page, however.
This culminated with someone setting up stephenkearon.net and hosting it, spending less than €25. The site is still up as an archive of some of the events.
- Here's his reply, and to my knowledge, the only reply he has given about this affair. My own reply is as curt.
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