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# pac - Thursday 5 December, 2019

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.

# pac - Thursday 28 November, 2019

'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.

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.

# pac - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

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.

# pac - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

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.

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.

# pac - Thursday 14 November, 2019

'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.

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.

# pac - Thursday 7 November, 2019

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.

# pac - Monday 30 September, 2019

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.

# pac - Saturday 21 September, 2019

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.

# pac - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

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.

# pac - Thursday 13 June, 2019

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.

# pac - Sunday 9 June, 2019

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.

# pac - Thursday 30 May, 2019

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.

# pac - Thursday 16 May, 2019

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

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.

# pac - Thursday 9 May, 2019

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

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.

# pac - Friday 29 March, 2019

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 PAC

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).

# 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 This post contains videos

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.

# pac - Thursday 28 February, 2019

'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.

# pac - Wednesday 27 February, 2019

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

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

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

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

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 Exclusive

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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'

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

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

# pac - Saturday 29 September, 2018

New report shows that 83 of Ireland's wealthiest people pay lower rate of income tax than average worker

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee said people would be “shocked” by the report.

# pac - Wednesday 26 September, 2018

'A cynical political attack': Ministers hit out at questioning over €317,000 President's allowance

Questions surrounding the payment were raised at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

# pac - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Explainer: Why examining presidential expenses could be a problem

A number of people have argued that the move by the PAC is unconstitutional.

# pac - Friday 21 September, 2018

Poll: Should there be an Áras costs inquiry before the presidential election? Aras 2018 This post contains a poll

Poll: Should there be an Áras costs inquiry before the presidential election?

The total breakdown of Áras costs isn’t publicly available; but some have said that the timing of an inquiry is “politically motivated”.

# pac - Thursday 20 September, 2018

Spending by the Office of the President to be scrutinised next week

The Secretary General of the Department of An Taoiseach has warned the committee it could be in breach of the Constitution.

# pac - Saturday 28 July, 2018

Watchdog still in talks with gardaí over members' compliance with ethics laws

SIPO is to develop ‘standards of best practice’ for public bodies to ensure they communicate to employees about disclosing their interests.

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