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Last month
May 2023
# Covid-19
Over 100 faulty ventilators ordered by HSE in March 2020 still in storage amid legal dispute
The HSE is currently seeking to recoup €22.3 million for faulty and undelivered ventilators.
This year
PAC suspends meeting over unanswered questions and inattendance of Central Bank governor
Members became increasingly frustrated today when they felt their questions were not answered.
‘Real arms race’ between cyber attackers and defending Irish health system, Committee hears
PAC heard that 32,000 letters had been issued in recent weeks topeople affected by the HSE cyber attack.
# nursing home charges
Public Accounts Committee to probe whether Government hid information about nursing home charges
The committee is meeting this afternoon to discuss the strategy.
Last year
# toy show the musical
Dáil public spending watchdog seeks answers from RTÉ over Toy Show: The Musical budget
The Public Accounts Committee is looking to ask questions about the business case for the production.
# Public Accounts Committee
Irish greyhound racing industry is closer to a breeding industry, PAC hears
Greyhound Racing Ireland spoke at the Public Accounts Committee today as its financial statements were examined.
# Public Accounts Committee
Public Accounts Committee to examine financial statements of An Bord Pleanála
The planning body received €19.2 million in Exchequer funding in 2020 and recorded a net deficit of €2.6 million the same year.
# Delays
Nearly fivefold increase in the number of complaints to the Passport Office this year
Complaints relate to the long delays as well as citizenship issues.
'Outrageous': Over 75s face average wait of 20 hours in some Emergency Departments
PAC Chair Brian Stanley said wait times in emergency departments is an intolerable situation in a well funded health system.
# Healthcare system
Public Accounts Committee will not consider leaked details of Department of Health meeting
The Sunday Business Post first reported details of a recorded meeting between Department of Health officials in January.
# direct provision
Public Accounts Committee 'not satisfied' with reliance on hotels for direct provision
The PAC has made a number of recommendations on the system.
All time
# Controversy
Public Accounts Committee to discuss Katherine Zappone’s appointment as UN envoy
The former children’s minister stepped back from the role amid controversy over the manner of her appointment.
# Bam
Contractor at National Children’s Hospital submits 906 claims worth €446 million
The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board is spending €15 million fighting the claims.
# Construction
Contractor BAM takes High Court action against National Children's Hospital board
BAM is the primary contractor building the new children’s hospital in Dublin.
# Schools
PAC calls for review of temporary school accommodation after €56 million spend in two years
A report has found that the longest arrangement for temporary schools accommodation dates back over 20 years to 2000.
Children's hospital contractor seeking extra claims totalling more than €300 million
Six of the claims are more than €40 million, the committee was told.
Sinn Féin TD says Brian Stanley guilty of 'colossal errors of judgment'
Brian Stanley is taking this week off to spend time with his family at the request of his party leader, Mary Lou McDonald.
# Make no mistake
NAMA miscalculation caused €10 million loss to taxpayers
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 chair
Brian Stanley apologises for IRA tweets: We need to talk about the past in a way that doesn't deepen division
The Sinn Féin TD repeated his apology for a tweet he sent over the weekend about two IRA attacks.
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.
Ceann Comhairle tells Arlene Foster that Brian Stanley tweet was 'disrespectful' and requires 'credible political response'
McDonald says she won't ask SF TD to step down as chair of PAC following tweet about IRA attacks
Student grants: Barring orders will no longer be accepted as proof that parents are separated
Barring orders were included on a list of acceptable documentation students could use to prove their parents were separated.
# printer-gate
'A mess from start to finish': PAC says someone must be held responsible for Oireachtas printer controversy
The overall cost of the project is €1.8 million, the committee heard today.
# printer-gate
Oireachtas printer: Requirements 'neither understood nor examined' at critical stages, report finds
The printer – which is yet to be operational – has caused controversy after it emerged it cost just over €800,000.
# cost overruns
Some contractor claims for new children's hospital not under board's control, committee to hear
The fact some measures of the project remain uncosted is ‘laughable’ says Labour’s Alan Kelly.
# Controversy
Old Oireachtas printers not eco-friendly, case for new controversial printer argued
The purchase of the printer is due to be discussed by the Public Accounts Committee later this week.
# off the presses
This is the model of printing press that's causing all the hassle for the Oireachtas
Structural works were needed at Leinster House to ensure the printer fit correctly in the building.
# Wages
'Gross mismanagement': NTA paying agency workers twice what it pays its own permanent staff
The average wage an agency worker is paid is nearly €140,000.
# Cuisle centre
Irish Wheelchair Association to redeploy workers at closed disability resort 'where possible'
Protests have taken place after the closure of the centre was annonuced last week.
# Controversy
Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money
The Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection is due before the PAC today.
# Finances
PAC 'concerned' that OPW building maintenance spending jumped from expected €9m to €39.4m
This follows the publication of the 2018 annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) today.
# Public Services Card
Top civil servant not attending committee is 'an affront to democracy'
Chairperson John McGuinness says committee wants to discuss the cost of the PSC to date.
# Climate Change
16-year-old tells minister Fine Gael is 'passing the buck' when it comes to climate action
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.
# climate action
Ireland is 'buying' its way out of meeting its emission targets by spending €86.8m worth of carbon credits
TD Seán Fleming said it was ‘the biggest act of gross hypocrisy’ at play.
# Rehab
Ceann Comhairle apologises to Angela Kerins over PAC treatment
In March the Supreme Court ruled the PAC acted unlawfully in its questioning of the former Rehab CEO.
# former rehab ceo
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that Angela Kerins was 'badly treated' by the PAC
“Notwithstanding all the issues around Ms Kerins’ salary, I think she was badly treated,” Varadkar told the Dáil committees’ chairs.
HSE 'made eejits of' Government by appointing PwC to review National Children's Hospital costs
The firm was found to have ‘high level’ input into a decision to continue with constructing the project last year.
Commissioner says €22m for 'parading time' is drain on garda overtime budget
The Garda Commissioner is appearing before the Oireachtas Public Accounts committee for the first time today.
# my open library
7 more public libraries set to open seven days a week between 8am and 10pm
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
That’s according to documents provided to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
# Children's Hospital
Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend
Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane said there is a level of contempt being shown to Oireachtas committees.
# housing stats
'Cute as foxes': TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets with the Fine Gael logo
Meath TD Shane Cassells said there are serious ethical issues with the department retweeting Fine Gael messages.