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# pac - Saturday 29 September, 2018

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

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

Sep 29th 2018, 8:32 AM 25,553 Views 65 Comments

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
# THE PAC
# THE PAC

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

Sep 26th 2018, 3:05 PM 15,450 Views 57 Comments

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
# Public Accounts Committee
# Public Accounts Committee

Explainer: Why examining presidential expenses could be a problem

Sep 25th 2018, 6:00 AM 27,594 Views 52 Comments

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
# Aras 2018

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

Sep 21st 2018, 10:34 AM 18,942 Views 72 Comments

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
# Money Money Money
# Money Money Money

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

Sep 20th 2018, 11:16 AM 17,822 Views 65 Comments

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
# Garda College
# Garda College

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

Jul 28th 2018, 8:30 AM 9,333 Views 16 Comments

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

# pac - Thursday 21 June, 2018

A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays
# Holiday Plans
# Holiday Plans

A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays

Jun 21st 2018, 10:23 AM 57,122 Views 84 Comments

It is “a matter of immense frustration” for staff that it’s taking longer than planned to process some applications, the Public Accounts Committee has been told.

# pac - Thursday 14 June, 2018

Number of women affected by smear test scandal expected to increase
# Cervical Check
# Cervical Check

Number of women affected by smear test scandal expected to increase

Jun 14th 2018, 1:00 PM 9,288 Views 10 Comments

The Head of the National Screening Service Damien McCallion says more women will be contacted about their cancer test audits.

# pac - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

'I don't want my death to be in vain': Watch Vicky Phelan's powerful PAC speech
# TERMINAL CANCER
# TERMINAL CANCER

'I don't want my death to be in vain': Watch Vicky Phelan's powerful PAC speech

May 16th 2018, 8:00 PM 26,808 Views 38 Comments

Vicky said CervicalCheck and her gynaecologist spent 15 months arguing over whose responsibility it was to tell her about a HSE audit.

# pac - Tuesday 15 May, 2018

Expert leading CervicalCheck inquiry concerned about 'fevered atmosphere'
# Smear Tests
# Smear Tests

Expert leading CervicalCheck inquiry concerned about 'fevered atmosphere'

May 15th 2018, 5:16 PM 12,766 Views 21 Comments

Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has received government approval for the drafting of a Bill to establish an independent board for the HSE.

# pac - Wednesday 28 March, 2018

Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign
# PAC
# PAC

Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign

Mar 28th 2018, 8:30 PM 15,083 Views 70 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee also raised concerns about the use of “fraud” in department material.

'It's not good enough': Committee says better oversight of how RTÉ spends taxpayers' money is needed
# Licence Fee
# Licence Fee

'It's not good enough': Committee says better oversight of how RTÉ spends taxpayers' money is needed

Mar 28th 2018, 6:41 PM 16,069 Views 45 Comments

It called on RTÉ to sign up to new service-level agreement to ensure there is transparency in how it spends the licence fee money.

# pac - Monday 26 March, 2018

Public servants in shared system overpaid an estimated €3.7 million last year
# Overpayment
# Overpayment

Public servants in shared system overpaid an estimated €3.7 million last year

Mar 26th 2018, 6:30 AM 26,929 Views 26 Comments

The National Shared Services Office provides payroll services to 124,600 public servants.

# pac - Monday 5 February, 2018

Martin Callinan's 'disgusting comment' led to 'open season' on Maurice McCabe
# Charleton Tribunal
# Charleton Tribunal

Martin Callinan's 'disgusting comment' led to 'open season' on Maurice McCabe

Feb 5th 2018, 3:17 PM 21,425 Views 0 Comments

The Disclosures Tribunal was told about McCabe’s feelings post-that PAC meeting today by the garda’s civilian head of HR.

# pac - Tuesday 23 January, 2018

The re-opening of Stepaside Garda Station has been thrown into serious doubt
# Saga
# Saga

The re-opening of Stepaside Garda Station has been thrown into serious doubt

Jan 23rd 2018, 12:45 PM 14,403 Views 21 Comments

That’s despite an announcement before Christmas that the station was one of six to be re-opened.

# pac - Thursday 23 November, 2017

Dublin's most senior garda says reopening Stepaside station not his top priority
# Resources
# Resources

Dublin's most senior garda says reopening Stepaside station not his top priority

Nov 23rd 2017, 12:28 PM 17,081 Views 28 Comments

Pat Leahy said that in terms of personnel allocation, there are other areas of Dublin that he would wish to prioritise.

# pac - Thursday 16 November, 2017

Ice sculpture among expenses as Department of Education spent €13k on retirement party
# Lavish Spend
# Lavish Spend

Ice sculpture among expenses as Department of Education spent €13k on retirement party

Nov 16th 2017, 7:38 PM 38,556 Views 113 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee asked about the costs involved for the retirement party of the president of Cork IT.

# pac - Thursday 9 November, 2017

Apple and Google to be asked to appear before the PAC to explain their tax affairs
# Corporation Tax
# Corporation Tax

Apple and Google to be asked to appear before the PAC to explain their tax affairs

Nov 9th 2017, 11:55 AM 8,065 Views 29 Comments

Google, Apple, JP Morgan, City Bank, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer will be invited to appear before a government committee.

# pac - Thursday 19 October, 2017

Health watchdog boss says he was at controversial 'boycott Fair Deal Scheme' meeting
# Under Pressure
# Under Pressure

Health watchdog boss says he was at controversial 'boycott Fair Deal Scheme' meeting

Oct 19th 2017, 2:58 PM 10,862 Views 9 Comments

Chairman of Hiqa, Brian McEnery, attended a meeting in 2015, which has sparked a potential investigation into the private nursing home sector.

# pac - Thursday 21 September, 2017

We'll hear from the acting Garda boss next week - he's been called before the PAC
# Closed Stations
# Closed Stations

We'll hear from the acting Garda boss next week - he's been called before the PAC

Sep 21st 2017, 4:26 PM 9,472 Views 30 Comments

The committee want to know what criteria was considered when the decision was made to re-open a number of Garda stations.

# pac - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Committee wants to know why OCI is locked into contract with company at centre of Rio scandal
# Tickets
# Tickets

Committee wants to know why OCI is locked into contract with company at centre of Rio scandal

Aug 29th 2017, 7:19 PM 13,470 Views 0 Comments

The Olympic Council of Ireland is locked into a contract with the company at centre of Rio ticketing scandal until 2026.

# pac - Tuesday 18 July, 2017

'It's time for her to go': TDs call for Commissioner to step down over Templemore scandal
# PAC
# PAC

'It's time for her to go': TDs call for Commissioner to step down over Templemore scandal

Jul 18th 2017, 5:32 PM 26,416 Views 119 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee released its damning report today on financial irregularities at the garda college.

# pac - Thursday 13 July, 2017

'You're deliberately not answering': Commissioner asked 7 times whether Jobstown review will cover garda evidence
# Jobstown
# Jobstown

'You're deliberately not answering': Commissioner asked 7 times whether Jobstown review will cover garda evidence

Jul 13th 2017, 3:42 PM 25,141 Views 71 Comments

The Commissioner said the review will deal with the “circumstances of the entire affair”, but will not cover the court process.

# pac - Saturday 24 June, 2017

New junior minister says Nóirín O'Sullivan 'may well have to resign'
# Under Pressure
# Under Pressure

New junior minister says Nóirín O'Sullivan 'may well have to resign'

Jun 24th 2017, 2:46 PM 20,113 Views 33 Comments

He said some of the revelations to come out of An Garda Síochána “are appalling”.

Garda Commissioner rolls with the punches as TDs go heavyweight
# Analysis
# Analysis

Garda Commissioner rolls with the punches as TDs go heavyweight

Jun 24th 2017, 7:15 AM 13,667 Views 47 Comments

The Commissioner faced a gruelling session at the Public Accounts Committee this week but she let TDs know she is not going anywhere.

# pac - Friday 23 June, 2017

Rank-and-file gardaí refuse to give social club bank details to management
# Garda
# Garda

Rank-and-file gardaí refuse to give social club bank details to management

Jun 23rd 2017, 6:01 AM 25,199 Views 95 Comments

The GRA has advised its members not to hand over this information as these accounts do not contain public funds.

# pac - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

The 8 answers the Commissioner gave when asked if she had confidence in her team
# Yes Or No
# Yes Or No

The 8 answers the Commissioner gave when asked if she had confidence in her team

Jun 21st 2017, 1:08 PM 27,748 Views 38 Comments

Labour TD Alan Kelly said he found it “alarming” that the Garda Commissioner could not express confidence in everyone on her management team.

# pac - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

The honeymoon's over: Leo's facing loads of challenges on his first working week on the job
# Honeymoon Is Over
# Honeymoon Is Over

The honeymoon's over: Leo's facing loads of challenges on his first working week on the job

Jun 20th 2017, 6:01 AM 10,737 Views 36 Comments

It’s his first proper week as Taoiseach and he’s already facing his first scandal.

# pac - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

Head of garda HR steps down from ethics committee amid internal row
# Templemore
# Templemore

Head of garda HR steps down from ethics committee amid internal row

Jun 13th 2017, 10:32 AM 18,096 Views 22 Comments

It emerged recently that one of Barrett’s colleagues questioned in a letter to the Commissioner whether he had breached the Official Secrets Act.

# pac - Thursday 1 June, 2017

Bar at Templemore Garda College is rarely open, but has a bank balance of €417k
# PAC
# PAC

Bar at Templemore Garda College is rarely open, but has a bank balance of €417k

Jun 1st 2017, 11:19 AM 86,027 Views 80 Comments

Further revelations about the finances of the garda college in Templemore were revealed during an eight-hour sitting of the PAC.

# pac - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

'It's like we're in an episode of Father Ted': Top civil servants contradict each other when questioned
# Follow The Money
# Follow The Money

'It's like we're in an episode of Father Ted': Top civil servants contradict each other when questioned

May 31st 2017, 9:31 PM 43,756 Views 69 Comments

Civilian members of the gardaí gave evidence in front of the Public Accounts Committee today.

# pac - Friday 26 May, 2017

University presidents showed 'arrogance' when questioned about financial misconduct, claims TD
# Misleading Information
# Misleading Information

University presidents showed 'arrogance' when questioned about financial misconduct, claims TD

May 26th 2017, 10:56 AM 17,868 Views 27 Comments

An RTÉ Investigates show aired last night which highlighted a number of incidents in the third-level sector.

# pac - Monday 15 May, 2017

Most people want Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan fired
# Templemore
# Templemore

Most people want Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan fired

May 15th 2017, 11:35 PM 13,958 Views 51 Comments

She has faced increasing pressure in recent months following a string of controversies.

# pac - Thursday 11 May, 2017

'Garda HR boss has done a great service to the country' - Alan Kelly
# PAC
# PAC

'Garda HR boss has done a great service to the country' - Alan Kelly

May 11th 2017, 6:15 AM 16,764 Views 64 Comments

The PAC wants to bring the Garda Commissioner in earlier than planned.

# pac - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

Garda Commissioner expected to be brought before PAC earlier than planned
# Called In
# Called In

Garda Commissioner expected to be brought before PAC earlier than planned

May 10th 2017, 5:45 PM 8,392 Views 28 Comments

Vice-chair of the PAC Alan Kelly said the commissioner should appear again in a couple of weeks.

# pac - Friday 14 April, 2017

Caranua boss withdraws comments in which she said abuse survivors were 'damaged'
# Redress
# Redress

Caranua boss withdraws comments in which she said abuse survivors were 'damaged'

Apr 14th 2017, 4:24 PM 13,086 Views 34 Comments

CEO Mary Higgins faced tough questions at the PAC over how survivors have been treated.

# pac - Thursday 13 April, 2017

'We can't have every minister firing out statements willy-nilly': John Halligan asked to clarify criticism of PAC
# KNUCKLES RAPPED
# KNUCKLES RAPPED

'We can't have every minister firing out statements willy-nilly': John Halligan asked to clarify criticism of PAC

Apr 13th 2017, 6:23 PM 18,441 Views 49 Comments

The Independent Alliance TD is believed to have taken issue with the line of questioning targeted at WIT.

Staff at liquidated charity Console still haven't been paid and it looks like they never will be
# Moral Responsibility
# Moral Responsibility

Staff at liquidated charity Console still haven't been paid and it looks like they never will be

Apr 13th 2017, 2:46 PM 12,815 Views 0 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee said there was a “moral responsibility” to pay these workers.

# pac - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Angela Kerins wins big chunk of legal costs due to 'exceptional' importance of her failed case
# Rehab
# Rehab

Angela Kerins wins big chunk of legal costs due to 'exceptional' importance of her failed case

Apr 5th 2017, 2:31 PM 22,394 Views 63 Comments

The High Court decided that two-thirds of costs would be just.

# pac - Thursday 30 March, 2017

'Shame on the Minister for Finance': What was that massive row in the Dáil all about last night?
# Explainer
# Explainer

'Shame on the Minister for Finance': What was that massive row in the Dáil all about last night?

Mar 30th 2017, 9:43 AM 26,903 Views 65 Comments

The PAC report into Nama’s Northern Ireland loan book sale was being debated last night.