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# Templemore
Head of garda HR steps down from ethics committee amid internal row
It emerged recently that one of Barrett’s colleagues questioned in a letter to the Commissioner whether he had breached the Official Secrets Act.
Bar at Templemore Garda College is rarely open, but has a bank balance of €417k
Further revelations about the finances of the garda college in Templemore were revealed during an eight-hour sitting of the PAC.
# follow the money
'It's like we're in an episode of Father Ted': Top civil servants contradict each other when questioned
Civilian members of the gardaí gave evidence in front of the Public Accounts Committee today.
# Misleading information
University presidents showed 'arrogance' when questioned about financial misconduct, claims TD
An RTÉ Investigates show aired last night which highlighted a number of incidents in the third-level sector.
# Templemore
Most people want Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan fired
She has faced increasing pressure in recent months following a string of controversies.
'Garda HR boss has done a great service to the country' - Alan Kelly
The PAC wants to bring the Garda Commissioner in earlier than planned.
# called in
Garda Commissioner expected to be brought before PAC earlier than planned
Vice-chair of the PAC Alan Kelly said the commissioner should appear again in a couple of weeks.
# Redress
Caranua boss withdraws comments in which she said abuse survivors were 'damaged'
CEO Mary Higgins faced tough questions at the PAC over how survivors have been treated.
'We can't have every minister firing out statements willy-nilly': John Halligan asked to clarify criticism of PAC
The Independent Alliance TD is believed to have taken issue with the line of questioning targeted at WIT.
# moral responsibility
Staff at liquidated charity Console still haven't been paid and it looks like they never will be
The Public Accounts Committee said there was a “moral responsibility” to pay these workers.
# Rehab
Angela Kerins wins big chunk of legal costs due to 'exceptional' importance of her failed case
The High Court decided that two-thirds of costs would be just.
# Explainer
'Shame on the Minister for Finance': What was that massive row in the Dáil all about last night?
The PAC report into Nama’s Northern Ireland loan book sale was being debated last night.
# Heated exchanges
'We'll be here long after you're gone' - PAC hits out at Noonan
The chair of the Public Accounts Committee said that Michael Noonan had threatened him with an injunction over the report.
# Foster Care
'A monumental cock-up': HSE boss admits Grace case worker still in public service and on a full pension
The Director General of the HSE was before an Oireachtas committee yesterday to correct the record.
# project eagle
Michael Noonan refutes suggestion he 'acted inappropriately' over Project Eagle sale
Noonan met with senior Ceberus representatives on the eve of the bid closing date.
# High Court
Angela Kerins loses her case for damages against the Public Accounts Committee
Kerins was not present in court for this morning’s judgement.
Defence department justifies sale of Government jet for €418k
It would have cost €1.34 million to repair.
# project eagle
Martin McGuinness points finger firmly at the DUP at Public Accounts Committee hearing on Project Eagle
The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has been giving his side of the story regarding the Project Eagle debacle.
# red card
'A PR disaster': Nama were before the PAC today, and it didn't go too well
PAC chairman Sean Fleming said he’d give the Nama directors red cards if he were a referee.
# Hearing
Nama says it acted in the "interest of the Irish taxpayers" at all times during Project Eagle sale
Nama chairman Frank Daly is appearing before the PAC this afternoon.
PAC to invite Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness to appear over Project Eagle sale
Finance Minister Michael Noonan agreed last night to appear before the committee.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Has no government minister ever gone before the Public Accounts Committee?
Will Michael Noonan be the first sitting minister to go to the PAC? Or is Leo Varadkar wrong?
# Noonan and the PAC
Michael Noonan WILL appear before the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions over Nama
Noonan made the announcement this evening.
# project eagle
Board member says if Nama was more transparent it wouldn't make as much money
Meanwhile, Mary Lou McDonald wants Michael Noonan to appear before the Public Accounts Committee.
# sunday interview
"I do have sympathy for Pat Hickey. A 71-year-old man being filmed naked isn't to my tastes"
28-year-old Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has made a name for himself as one of the harshest critics of the OCI’s actions in Rio.
# Rehab
High Court: "Intense and unrelenting stress" led to hospitalisation of Angela Kerins
The former CEO of Rehab’s damages case against the Public Accounts Committee continues today.
# console
HSE found out Console charity status was withdrawn through media reports
The HSE has come under extreme pressure over the Console controversy.
# Rehab
"Shane Ross doesn't take no for an answer" - court hears Dáil committee had no remit to ask about Angela Kerins' salary
Earlier the High Court heard that former Rehab CEO Kerins ‘self-harmed’ after her infamous PAC hearing in February 2014.
# Sexual Abuse
Foster care case: 'These are allegations of rape using implements and horrific sexual abuse'
Tony O’Brien is in front of the Public Accounts Committee today to answer questions about abuse in a foster home in Waterford.
# Foster Care
'They were tortured and degraded in unspeakable ways'
Social Care Minister Kathleen Lynch issued a statement today addressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a state-backed foster home.
# Foster Care
HSE says sorry to victim of 'savage abuse', after apology "misunderstanding"
The woman was allegedly subjected to sexual and physical abuse for 20 years.
HSE accused of failing to heed abuse warning regarding foster child with intellectual disabilities
The foster child, who cannot speak, lived at the foster home in the southeast for 20 years between 1989 and 2009.
# Housing Crisis
Councils turned down around 4,000 social housing units offered by Nama
The news emerged as Nama’s chief executive appeared before the Public Account’s Committee
# legacy
Longboat Quay residents will still have to find '€2 million' for repairs after final offer of help
The Authority said it would contribute some of the costs.
# rebuttal
Wallace claims about 'Project Eagle' trashed by Nama as “utterly disingenuous”
Nama executives fought back against claims by the Wexford TD.
# Surplus to Requirements
Staff at Limerick IT being paid €72,000 to 'do nothing'
“That’s absolutely crackers isn’t it? I mean it’s just bananas.”
# Investigation
Nama's 'whiffy' Northern Ireland deal is to be investigated by the UK's National Crime Agency
Earlier, the Public Accounts Committee heard that a businessman who advised Nama on the sale was due to receive about £5 million from one of the failed bidders for its Northern Ireland property portfolio.
# chaotic delays
Taxpayers could end up footing €4.1m bill for student grant overpayment
The Department of Education has apologised for the error.
# Social Welfare Fraud
€96m could have been overspent in dole payments
Also, 62 cases of people “claiming multiple identities” cost taxpayers a LOT of money.
# policing authority
A new body aims to radically change An Garda Síochána
“The most far reaching reform of An Garda Síochána since the foundation of the State.”