Ireland's spending watchdog on Wednesday was forced to back down over comments that a government agency, later named as the central bank, had used taxpayers' cash to fund trips for 52 spouses for one jaunt.
The Comptroller & Auditor General's Office last week released a report saying that a government organisation had used the public purse to pay for 52 spouses to travel to a single event.
The news rankled with the Irish public, hard hit by the country's economic woes, and sparked demands for th
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