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More problems for the Celts- this time trouble hits Welsh Assembly

After the latest disastrous chapter in the Holyrood debacle unfolded last week, fresh problems have now hit Richard Rogers' Welsh Assembly building

Following the controversy surrounding the emergency evacuation at the Scottish Parliament on Friday, leaks have now been found in Wales' contentious equivalent.

At least five buckets have been sited in the building's massive atrium between the debating chamber and the assembly members' offices.

The assembly building, known as the Senedd, was only opened by the Queen last week.

An official statement blamed the problems on supposedly unusual weather conditions in Cardiff, where it has been raining since Monday with the occasional burst of sunshine.

This is not the first time the Senedd scheme has been beset by controversy. In 2002, Rogers was controversially sacked by the assembly's government before being reinstated two years later.

This time, the Welsh authorities are insistent that it will not cost the taxpayer any more than the final £67 million bill.

'It won't be paid by ourselves,' a spokeswoman said. 'All the remedial work will be covered by the [fixed-price] contract'.

by Ed Dorrell

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