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Drip. Drip. Drip.

Government ministers must have wondered what was coming next as they watched the slow drip of revelations about FÁS travel expenses.

Rody Molloy, the director general of the State training agency, has been in the firing line for the past few days as details of spending on transatlantic trips emerged.

The story made headlines on Sunday with the news that FÁS spent €643,000 on transatlantic travel for Molloy and other senior Fás executives over a four-year period.

That’s a lot of airmiles.

Molloy responded by going on RTÉ radio on Monday to defend the travel bills, which he said were spent developing relationships with the science community in Florida.

It also emerged that FÁS paid for flights for Molloy’s wife, golf rounds, hair and nail care for clients, and hotel pay-per-view bills.

Fine Gael, and Leo Varadkar in particular, have been banging on about concerns over how FÁS spends its money for several months.

Unfortunately for Rody Molloy, dry speeches about auditors reports don’t make for controversy, but transatlantic flights do.

Several ministers. including Brian Cowen, stepped up to defend Molloy.

Eventually though, the drip became too much.

Rody Molloy resigned this evening, shortly before midnight.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.