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#Public Accounts Committee

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 29 October, 2014

Simon Harris: Politicians love being in the news - but that's a good thing

Simon Harris has defended the role of the Public Accounts Committee following criticism yesterday.

# public-accounts-committee - Tuesday 28 October, 2014

Who should investigate the Positive Action controversy? These two TDs can't agree

Two Oireachtas Committees are at odds over which one should probe spending at the Hepatitis C support group.

State of the Nation: Watchdog or ambulance chaser? The PAC is under scrutiny again...

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 23 October, 2014

These politicians want to know why they got legal advice they didn't ask for

The Public Accounts Committee was told it can’t question Irish Water boss John Tierney

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 16 October, 2014

Bono in the Dáil? TDs to probe 'inappropriate' property deal with U2

“In that area, €450,000 wouldn’t be worth a semi-detached residence.”

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 10 October, 2014

John McGuinness has 'no response' to being told to step down as PAC chair

But Mary Lou McDonald has been quick to come to his defence.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 2 October, 2014

Garda whistleblower: The way I was treated destroyed me, my career, and my family PAC

Garda whistleblower: The way I was treated destroyed me, my career, and my family

The Public Accounts Committee has published its report into the penalty points system today.

# public-accounts-committee - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

PAC grilling of Angela Kerins was fair, says PAC chairman

The former Rehab Group CEO has taken High Court action against the PAC.

# public-accounts-committee - Monday 21 July, 2014

Flannery 'holding options open' on proceedings over PAC's Rehab inquiry

Angela Kerins has launched legal action against ‘deeply distressing’ inquiry into her involvement with Rehab.

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

PAC told they can't force Flannery and Kerins to come before it

The former Rehab Group CEOs refused to appear before the committee in April.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 3 July, 2014

'We knew we’d overstepped the mark' - former CRC Chair admits ignoring HSE

TD Simon Harris said that the Clinic’s board showed “blatant disregard” for the HSE when it hired Brian Conlan.

The CRC hasn't asked for Paul Kiely to repay part of his €742K pay-out... yet

During today’s PAC meeting, Shane Ross questioned how the HSE could not know about the CRC’s charitable wing. He said it took him just 20 minutes to discover its existence.

PAC will be discussing the CRC today, but who is going to turn up?

Former CRC chair Hamilton Goulding will attend, as will his successor Kieran Timmins.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 26 June, 2014

It turns out the Mahon Tribunal is going to cost less than was previously thought*

*Though it’s still a whopping €159 million.

Ex-CRC chief "extremely ill", unable to answer questions about €742k pay-off PAC

Ex-CRC chief "extremely ill", unable to answer questions about €742k pay-off

The Public Accounts Committee is due to hold further hearings on the scandal hit disability clinic next week.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 19 June, 2014

PAC told to give more info about why it wants to quiz Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins

The Public Accounts Committee will now seek talks with another Dáil committee overs its efforts to compel the former Rehab CEOs.

'Ignoring' the system gives speeders an 86% chance of avoiding punishment

John O’Brien, the former head of the Garda Traffic Corps, told the PAC that GSOC failed to act on foot of a report he carried out on the penalty points system in 2008.

Driver deaths are down, but "more vulnerable" road users are being killed

The Public Accounts Committee was also told that about 130,000 more cars were taxed this year following an end to the practice where vehicles could be declared as “off-road” after the fact.

PAC will be examining penalty points and speed cameras today

What else will the folks on Kildare Street be discussing?

# public-accounts-committee - Saturday 14 June, 2014

'Should I go in and sit on my hands?': PAC chair defends call for health bosses to quit PAC

'Should I go in and sit on my hands?': PAC chair defends call for health bosses to quit

John McGuinness said it wasn’t an attempt to grab headlines.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 13 June, 2014

Down Syndrome Ireland worried discretionary medical cards won't be returned as promised

It was outlined in the Dáil yesterday that discretionary medical cards won’t be returned until Cabinet comes up with a ‘legal formula’.

'Publicity seeking' McGuinness criticised by his own committee over resignation call

John McGuinness’s call for two senior health officials to resign during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee yesterday has been criticised by some of his colleagues.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 12 June, 2014

PAC Chair says HSE is 'not fit for purpose'

John McGuinness called on the HSE’s Director General and the Secretary General of the Department of Health to resign.

PAC's attempts to question Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins 'nobbled'

The Public Accounts Committee will now seek outside legal advice as it continues efforts to compel former Rehab executives to come before it.

What makes someone eligible for a medical card?

Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE, will give the lowdown to the PAC this morning.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 6 June, 2014

'Totally unacceptable': Concern that PAC has monopoly on probe into spending of €3.25bn

The Oireachtas Health Committee is seeking to change the rules that currently prevent any other Oireachtas committee from investigating matters that are already being probed by the powerful Public Accounts Committee.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 16 May, 2014

'This isn't anything personal': PAC denies accusation of bias against Angela Kerins

Solicitors for the former Rehab boss had accused the Public Accounts Committee of being biased against her.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 8 May, 2014

John Moran: There was no sinister reason for my resignation

Moran said his main objective was for Ireland to exit the Troika bailout and we’ve done that now.

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

The most senior official in Michael Noonan's department has resigned

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said that it was with “great regret” that he accepted Moran’s resignation as secretary general of the Department of Finance this morning.

# public-accounts-committee - Tuesday 6 May, 2014

Here are the letters Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery sent to PAC

Kerins’s solicitor says the former CEO of Rehab was hopitalised after her last appearance.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Gardaí investigate employees at Burton's department over €1.2m claims

It is alleged that the employees were making payments to a number of individuals that were “not appropriate”.

Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery to be forced before PAC after they 'throw kitchen sink' at committee

The Public Accounts Committee is seeking powers of compellability in the case of the two former CEOs at the disability organisation.

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

The PAC is having another meeting about Rehab later - but you're not allowed to watch it

Members of the Public Accounts Committee will discuss the ongoing controversy at Rehab and whether they should compel its former CEOs, Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins, later today.

# public-accounts-committee - Monday 14 April, 2014

Bus Éireann: We treat corruption claims with the utmost gravity

The company said it will publish the content of an affidavit in which a whistleblower claimed managers took ‘kickbacks’ in return for guaranteeing school bus route contracts.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 11 April, 2014

"Badly damaged": 8 uneasy facts exposed by Rehab's turn at PAC

Missing policies, a tussle between public and private, nice earners and losing touch with the frontline: it’s not pretty.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 10 April, 2014

The curious case of the CEO and the coffin business

Angela Kerins, her family and Rehab’s relationship with Complete Eco Solutions is under scrutiny again. What is it all about?

Kerins and Flannery legal threats to Rehab not to reveal finances

Solicitors’ letters were fired off to the charity group last night.

How much money did the HSE pay Rehab? That's top of the PAC's agenda today

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

Rehab management are at the Public Accounts Committee today - but Flannery and Kerins won't be there

Angela Kerins has told the Public Accounts Committee she is unwell, but Frank Flannery says he simply can’t help.

PAC want more answers from Rehab and today they hope to get them

John McGuinness said the last time answers had to be “dragged” out of Rehab – today they want answers on public money and the group’s governance.