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# pac - Thursday 8 April, 2021

Contractor BAM takes High Court action against National Children's Hospital board
# Construction
# Construction

Contractor BAM takes High Court action against National Children's Hospital board

Apr 8th 2021, 10:19 PM 35,511 Views 0 Comments

BAM is the primary contractor building the new children’s hospital in Dublin.

# pac - Friday 12 February, 2021

PAC calls for review of temporary school accommodation after €56 million spend in two years
# Schools
# Schools

PAC calls for review of temporary school accommodation after €56 million spend in two years

Feb 12th 2021, 4:11 PM 10,916 Views 18 Comments

A report has found that the longest arrangement for temporary schools accommodation dates back over 20 years to 2000.

# pac - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

Children's hospital contractor seeking extra claims totalling more than €300 million
# PAC
# PAC

Children's hospital contractor seeking extra claims totalling more than €300 million

Feb 9th 2021, 2:21 PM 24,841 Views 59 Comments

Six of the claims are more than €40 million, the committee was told.

# pac - Sunday 6 December, 2020

Sinn Féin TD says Brian Stanley guilty of 'colossal errors of judgment'
# PAC
# PAC

Sinn Féin TD says Brian Stanley guilty of 'colossal errors of judgment'

Dec 6th 2020, 4:40 PM 33,367 Views 85 Comments

Brian Stanley is taking this week off to spend time with his family at the request of his party leader, Mary Lou McDonald.

# pac - Thursday 3 December, 2020

NAMA miscalculation caused €10 million loss to taxpayers
# Make No Mistake
# Make No Mistake

NAMA miscalculation caused €10 million loss to taxpayers

Dec 3rd 2020, 1:38 PM 27,694 Views 28 Comments

The Committee of Public Accounts has found that several errors by NAMA in the sale of its Project Nantes loans potentially lost taxpayers up to €29 million.

# pac - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Brian Stanley apologises for IRA tweets: We need to talk about the past in a way that doesn't deepen division
# PAC Chair
# PAC Chair

Brian Stanley apologises for IRA tweets: We need to talk about the past in a way that doesn't deepen division

Dec 2nd 2020, 5:06 PM 23,685 Views 97 Comments
  • Stanley repeated his apology for his tweet about two IRA attacks on the British Army.
  • The PAC chairman told his colleagues he was sorry for the position he had put them in.

# pac - Thursday 5 December, 2019

Student grants: Barring orders will no longer be accepted as proof that parents are separated
# SUSI
# SUSI

Student grants: Barring orders will no longer be accepted as proof that parents are separated

Dec 5th 2019, 6:30 AM 23,352 Views 14 Comments

Barring orders were included on a list of acceptable documentation students could use to prove their parents were separated.

# pac - Thursday 28 November, 2019

'A mess from start to finish': PAC says someone must be held responsible for Oireachtas printer controversy
# Printer-gate
# Printer-gate

'A mess from start to finish': PAC says someone must be held responsible for Oireachtas printer controversy

Nov 28th 2019, 12:08 PM 17,535 Views 94 Comments

The overall cost of the project is €1.8 million, the committee heard today.

Oireachtas printer: Requirements 'neither understood nor examined' at critical stages, report finds
# Printer-gate
# Printer-gate

Oireachtas printer: Requirements 'neither understood nor examined' at critical stages, report finds

Updated Nov 28th 2019, 9:15 AM 33,170 Views 123 Comments

The printer – which is yet to be operational – has caused controversy after it emerged it cost just over €800,000.

# pac - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

Some contractor claims for new children's hospital not under board's control, committee to hear
# Cost Overruns
# Cost Overruns

Some contractor claims for new children's hospital not under board's control, committee to hear

Nov 27th 2019, 6:20 AM 15,141 Views 25 Comments

The fact some measures of the project remain uncosted is ‘laughable’ says Labour’s Alan Kelly.

# pac - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Old Oireachtas printers not eco-friendly, case for new controversial printer argued
# Controversy
# Controversy

Old Oireachtas printers not eco-friendly, case for new controversial printer argued

Updated Nov 26th 2019, 9:20 PM 41,797 Views 126 Comments

The purchase of the printer is due to be discussed by the Public Accounts Committee later this week.

This is the model of printing press that's causing all the hassle for the Oireachtas
# Off The Presses
# Off The Presses

This is the model of printing press that's causing all the hassle for the Oireachtas

Nov 26th 2019, 11:35 AM 46,555 Views 78 Comments

Structural works were needed at Leinster House to ensure the printer fit correctly in the building.

# pac - Thursday 14 November, 2019

'Gross mismanagement': NTA paying agency workers twice what it pays its own permanent staff
# Wages
# Wages

'Gross mismanagement': NTA paying agency workers twice what it pays its own permanent staff

Updated Nov 14th 2019, 8:17 PM 34,388 Views 47 Comments

The average wage an agency worker is paid is nearly €140,000.

Irish Wheelchair Association to redeploy workers at closed disability resort 'where possible'
# Cuisle Centre
# Cuisle Centre

Irish Wheelchair Association to redeploy workers at closed disability resort 'where possible'

Nov 14th 2019, 12:15 PM 9,076 Views 14 Comments

Protests have taken place after the closure of the centre was annonuced last week.

# pac - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money
# Controversy
# Controversy

Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money

Nov 7th 2019, 8:37 AM 10,828 Views 24 Comments

The Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection is due before the PAC today.

# pac - Monday 30 September, 2019

PAC 'concerned' that OPW building maintenance spending jumped from expected €9m to €39.4m
# Finances
# Finances

PAC 'concerned' that OPW building maintenance spending jumped from expected €9m to €39.4m

Sep 30th 2019, 7:34 PM 16,612 Views 19 Comments

This follows the publication of the 2018 annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) today.

# pac - Saturday 21 September, 2019

Top civil servant not attending committee is 'an affront to democracy'
# Public Services Card
# Public Services Card

Top civil servant not attending committee is 'an affront to democracy'

Sep 21st 2019, 12:05 AM 39,117 Views 80 Comments

Chairperson John McGuinness says committee wants to discuss the cost of the PSC to date.

# pac - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

16-year-old tells minister Fine Gael is 'passing the buck' when it comes to climate action
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

16-year-old tells minister Fine Gael is 'passing the buck' when it comes to climate action

Jul 24th 2019, 12:40 PM 63,402 Views 76 Comments

Conal O’Boyle said government is trying to hide the fact that they still grant oil licenses while telling people to buy an electric car.

# pac - Thursday 13 June, 2019

Ireland is 'buying' its way out of meeting its emission targets by spending €86.8m worth of carbon credits
# Climate Action
# Climate Action

Ireland is 'buying' its way out of meeting its emission targets by spending €86.8m worth of carbon credits

Jun 13th 2019, 5:01 PM 13,005 Views 42 Comments

TD Seán Fleming said it was ‘the biggest act of gross hypocrisy’ at play.

# pac - Sunday 9 June, 2019

Ceann Comhairle apologises to Angela Kerins over PAC treatment
# Rehab
# Rehab

Ceann Comhairle apologises to Angela Kerins over PAC treatment

Jun 9th 2019, 2:45 PM 15,307 Views 53 Comments

In March the Supreme Court ruled the PAC acted unlawfully in its questioning of the former Rehab CEO.

# pac - Thursday 30 May, 2019

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that Angela Kerins was 'badly treated' by the PAC
# Former Rehab Ceo
# Former Rehab Ceo

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that Angela Kerins was 'badly treated' by the PAC

May 30th 2019, 5:50 PM 13,024 Views 73 Comments

“Notwithstanding all the issues around Ms Kerins’ salary, I think she was badly treated,” Varadkar told the Dáil committees’ chairs.

# pac - Thursday 16 May, 2019

HSE 'made eejits of' Government by appointing PwC to review National Children's Hospital costs
# PAC
# PAC

HSE 'made eejits of' Government by appointing PwC to review National Children's Hospital costs

May 16th 2019, 7:56 PM 16,355 Views 38 Comments

The firm was found to have ‘high level’ input into a decision to continue with constructing the project last year.

# pac - Thursday 9 May, 2019

Commissioner says €22m for 'parading time' is drain on garda overtime budget
# PAC
# PAC

Commissioner says €22m for 'parading time' is drain on garda overtime budget

May 9th 2019, 12:36 PM 46,326 Views 46 Comments

The Garda Commissioner is appearing before the Oireachtas Public Accounts committee for the first time today.

# pac - Friday 29 March, 2019

7 more public libraries set to open seven days a week between 8am and 10pm
# My Open Library
# My Open Library

7 more public libraries set to open seven days a week between 8am and 10pm

Mar 29th 2019, 6:20 AM 22,060 Views 10 Comments

The ‘My Open Library’ service offers extended opening hours, seven days a week.

Over €100k paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who died from self-inflicted injuries
# PAC
# PAC

Over €100k paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who died from self-inflicted injuries

Mar 29th 2019, 6:00 AM 18,105 Views 22 Comments

That’s according to documents provided to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

# pac - Thursday 7 March, 2019

Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend
# Children's Hospital
# Children's Hospital

Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend

Mar 7th 2019, 10:13 AM 14,597 Views 38 Comments

Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane said there is a level of contempt being shown to Oireachtas committees.

# pac - Thursday 28 February, 2019

'Cute as foxes': TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets with the Fine Gael logo
# Housing Stats
# Housing Stats

'Cute as foxes': TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets with the Fine Gael logo

Feb 28th 2019, 1:17 PM 21,699 Views 36 Comments

Meath TD Shane Cassells said there are serious ethical issues with the department retweeting Fine Gael messages.

# pac - Wednesday 27 February, 2019

'Chilling effect': What could the Kerins case change about Dáil committees?
# PAC It In
# PAC It In

'Chilling effect': What could the Kerins case change about Dáil committees?

Feb 27th 2019, 5:45 PM 13,767 Views 0 Comments

A significant judgement was handed down today against the “extraordinarily well-defended” privileges of the Oireachtas.

# pac - Thursday 21 February, 2019

Secretary General Robert Watt accused of 'playing games' with Oireachtas committees
# Children's Hospital
# Children's Hospital

Secretary General Robert Watt accused of 'playing games' with Oireachtas committees

Feb 21st 2019, 12:22 PM 14,151 Views 20 Comments

Calls have been made by a number of committees for Watt to appear before them to outline DEPR’s role in the children’s hospital project.

Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board boss 'co-operating' with gardaí after Naas office raid
# Finance Audit
# Finance Audit

Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board boss 'co-operating' with gardaí after Naas office raid

Feb 21st 2019, 6:01 AM 15,752 Views 0 Comments

The raid followed on from the publication of the C&AG audit of the financial statements of the organisation.

# pac - Friday 15 February, 2019

'Mind-boggling': Department can't say whether payments to firm were for surveillance of prison staff
# Prison Service
# Prison Service

'Mind-boggling': Department can't say whether payments to firm were for surveillance of prison staff

Feb 15th 2019, 6:20 AM 17,125 Views 19 Comments

The prison service paid two private security companies over a two-year period.

# pac - Thursday 14 February, 2019

Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board office raided by gardaí
# Naas
# Naas

Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board office raided by gardaí

Feb 14th 2019, 6:10 PM 62,269 Views 0 Comments

The Comptroller and Auditor General published an audit into the board’s financial statements yesterday.

# pac - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

New children's hospital memos show costs were on the up from summer 2017
# Health Crises
# Health Crises

New children's hospital memos show costs were on the up from summer 2017

Feb 13th 2019, 6:15 AM 13,319 Views 61 Comments

The new children’s hospital is currently estimated to cost €1.7 billion.

# pac - Friday 25 January, 2019

Over 200 claims made against Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme
# Personal Injury
# Personal Injury

Over 200 claims made against Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme

Jan 25th 2019, 6:20 AM 12,814 Views 8 Comments

The School Transport Scheme transports children who reside in remote areas of the country to and from their nearest school.

# pac - Thursday 6 December, 2018

Calls for naming and shaming of tax defaulters who do not pay their settlements
# Death And Taxes
# Death And Taxes

Calls for naming and shaming of tax defaulters who do not pay their settlements

Dec 6th 2018, 6:20 AM 18,561 Views 36 Comments

From 2016 to May 2018, Revenue received a total of 9,721 ‘good citizen reports’ about suspected tax evasion.

# pac - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

State spent over €1m renting Brussels embassy last year, as PAC questions value-for-money
# Buying Vs Rent
# Buying Vs Rent

State spent over €1m renting Brussels embassy last year, as PAC questions value-for-money

Dec 5th 2018, 9:10 PM 10,705 Views 23 Comments

Committee concerned about State renting buildings long-term rather than buying.

'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate'
# Follow The Money
# Follow The Money

'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate'

Dec 5th 2018, 6:33 PM 8,094 Views 29 Comments

The committee got into hot water before the presidential election when it decided to review the spending of the Office of the President of Ireland.

# pac - Friday 30 November, 2018

Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme

Nov 30th 2018, 12:24 AM 60,356 Views 99 Comments

How much the companies got paid per person has been shrouded in secrecy since the roll out of the programme.

# pac - Wednesday 14 November, 2018

'There's a risk we'll remember this whole episode as a case of two bad, and one good cop'
# Whistleblowers
# Whistleblowers

'There's a risk we'll remember this whole episode as a case of two bad, and one good cop'

Nov 14th 2018, 7:00 AM 25,733 Views 66 Comments

Our politicians and government, as well as the media, should be prepared to be far more self-critical and embrace change, writes John Devitt.

# pac - Thursday 8 November, 2018

Harris on the defensive after judge criticises doctor recruitment process
# High Court
# High Court

Harris on the defensive after judge criticises doctor recruitment process

Updated Nov 8th 2018, 8:17 PM 26,430 Views 53 Comments

“I note that the interview panel described the respondent as ‘eager to work and learn’. But learn at whose expense?” the judge said.

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