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# Public Accounts Committee

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# Holiday Plans
A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays
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.
'I don't want my death to be in vain': Watch Vicky Phelan's powerful PAC speech
Vicky said CervicalCheck and her gynaecologist spent 15 months arguing over whose responsibility it was to tell her about a HSE audit.
# smear tests
Expert leading CervicalCheck inquiry concerned about 'fevered atmosphere'
Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has received government approval for the drafting of a Bill to establish an independent board for the HSE.
Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign
The Public Accounts Committee also raised concerns about the use of “fraud” in department material.
# overpayment
Public servants in shared system overpaid an estimated €3.7 million last year
The National Shared Services Office provides payroll services to 124,600 public servants.
# Public Accounts Committee
The government isn't saying when the €13 billion from Apple will be recovered
Collecting the money requires a “bespoke solution”, a top official said.
# Resources
Dublin's most senior garda says reopening Stepaside station not his top priority
Pat Leahy said that in terms of personnel allocation, there are other areas of Dublin that he would wish to prioritise.
# lavish spend
Ice sculpture among expenses as Department of Education spent €13k on retirement party
The Public Accounts Committee asked about the costs involved for the retirement party of the president of Cork IT.
# Corporation Tax
Apple and Google to be asked to appear before the PAC to explain their tax affairs
Google, Apple, JP Morgan, City Bank, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer will be invited to appear before a government committee.
# Under Pressure
Health watchdog boss says he was at controversial 'boycott Fair Deal Scheme' meeting
Chairman of Hiqa, Brian McEnery, attended a meeting in 2015, which has sparked a potential investigation into the private nursing home sector.
# Public Accounts Committee
Acting Garda Commissioner says he has 'no authority' to release report into reopening of Stepaside Garda Station
Dónall Ó Cualáin was up in front of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee this morning.
# Tickets
Committee wants to know why OCI is locked into contract with company at centre of Rio scandal
The Olympic Council of Ireland is locked into a contract with the company at centre of Rio ticketing scandal until 2026.
'It's time for her to go': TDs call for Commissioner to step down over Templemore scandal
The Public Accounts Committee released its damning report today on financial irregularities at the garda college.
# Analysis
Garda Commissioner rolls with the punches as TDs go heavyweight
The Commissioner faced a gruelling session at the Public Accounts Committee this week but she let TDs know she is not going anywhere.
# Garda
Rank-and-file gardaí refuse to give social club bank details to management
The GRA has advised its members not to hand over this information as these accounts do not contain public funds.
# Yes or No
The 8 answers the Commissioner gave when asked if she had confidence in her team
Labour TD Alan Kelly said he found it “alarming” that the Garda Commissioner could not express confidence in everyone on her management team.
# 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.
# 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.
# Accountability
The Garda Commissioner, the head of HR and the 'brief' two-hour meeting in Templemore
Nóirín O’Sullivan appeared before the Public Accounts Committee today and left members with more questions than answers.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Pac Man
"You're a wily old fox at talking down the clock" - Noonan answers questions over Nama Project Eagle sale
Noonan’s appearance before PAC is rare for a sitting minister, though not unheard of.
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?
# 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.
# Noonan and the PAC
There will be a Commission of Investigation into Nama over Project Eagle
Fianna Fáil want an inquiry to look into the Government’s strategy for Nama to “accelerate the sales process”.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.”
# siteserv review
'I'm horrified Irish taxpayers are being asked to write a blank cheque'
“Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.”