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#Public Accounts Committee

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

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

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

Apr 10th 2014, 9:00 AM 5,260 Views 16 Comments

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
# Rehab Group
# Rehab Group

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

Apr 10th 2014, 7:38 AM 3,733 Views 25 Comments

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
# Round 2
# Round 2

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

Apr 10th 2014, 7:30 AM 2,752 Views 5 Comments

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.

# public-accounts-committee - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Enda Kenny: 'Of course' Flannery and Kerins should appear before the PAC
# Rehab
# Rehab

Enda Kenny: 'Of course' Flannery and Kerins should appear before the PAC

Apr 8th 2014, 4:39 PM 5,782 Views 15 Comments

The Taoiseach added that he believed charities should not pay their CEOs to lobby the government.

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

Up to €50,000 was spent on maintaining Garda station recording equipment every year
# Gardagate
# Gardagate

Up to €50,000 was spent on maintaining Garda station recording equipment every year

Apr 3rd 2014, 11:39 AM 4,121 Views 15 Comments

Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee has agreed to seek all relevant information about the procurement of recording equipment by both the gardaí and the Irish Prison Service.

Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery are 'absolutely expected' to attend PAC next week
# Rehab
# Rehab

Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery are 'absolutely expected' to attend PAC next week

Apr 3rd 2014, 11:07 AM 5,120 Views 41 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee has discussed the latest developments at the Rehab Group, including the retirement of its CEO Angela Kerins, this morning.

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Mary Lou McDonald says Angela Kerins' stress was of her own making
# Gone
# Gone

Mary Lou McDonald says Angela Kerins' stress was of her own making

Apr 2nd 2014, 11:06 AM 15,931 Views 119 Comments

Angela Kerins quit today, stating that the latest controversies had taken their toll on her family and the Rehab Group.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Shatter officials deny telling Callinan that he could not withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark
# Whistleblowers
# Whistleblowers

Shatter officials deny telling Callinan that he could not withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark

Mar 27th 2014, 11:03 PM 16,177 Views 72 Comments

The Department of Justice has responded to claims that ex-Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan’s withdrawal of the infamous ‘disgusting’ remark was delayed on the advice of Alan Shatter’s officials.

The PAC wants information on the systems gardaí used to record phone calls
# Gardagate
# Gardagate

The PAC wants information on the systems gardaí used to record phone calls

Mar 27th 2014, 5:01 PM 6,131 Views 21 Comments

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has said the committee is likely to seek information from the gardaí and the Department of Justice on the systems used to record calls in and out of garda stations.

# public-accounts-committee - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

6 reasons why Martin Callinan resigned as Garda Commissioner
# Explainer
# Explainer

6 reasons why Martin Callinan resigned as Garda Commissioner

Mar 25th 2014, 10:50 AM 30,242 Views 64 Comments

He’s gone, but why did he do it?

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 21 March, 2014

Quinn backs Labour on whistleblowers… after Kenny tells ministers to air concerns privately
# Cabinet Split
# Cabinet Split

Quinn backs Labour on whistleblowers… after Kenny tells ministers to air concerns privately

Mar 21st 2014, 10:58 PM 27,799 Views 156 Comments

Ruairí Quinn has backed Labour colleagues calling for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw remarks that two whistleblowers’ actions were “disgusting” just hours after the Taoiseach told ministers not to air their concerns in public.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 20 March, 2014

Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’t
# Garda Whistleblowers
# Garda Whistleblowers

Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’t

Mar 20th 2014, 3:00 PM 18,319 Views 91 Comments

Leo Varadkar has said that Martin Callinan should withdraw remarks that the actions of two garda whistleblowers were “disgusting”.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 14 March, 2014

Over €3m 'down the drain' after 'comedy of errors' on new pathology office
# Abandoned
# Abandoned

Over €3m 'down the drain' after 'comedy of errors' on new pathology office

Mar 14th 2014, 7:45 AM 15,054 Views 42 Comments

Nearly €2 million was spent on consultancy during the construction of the new facilities that were only partially built before being demolished last year, the Public Accounts Committee heard yesterday.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Magdalene women share nearly €9m in compensation - but still waiting on healthcare
# Magdalene Laundries
# Magdalene Laundries

Magdalene women share nearly €9m in compensation - but still waiting on healthcare

Mar 13th 2014, 8:00 PM 8,866 Views 36 Comments

Around 250 women have accepted offers of compensation from a fund set up in the wake of the McAleese report into the Magdalene Laundries, the Public Accounts Committee heard today.

PAC refers serious allegations about Rehab to gardaí
# Rehab
# Rehab

PAC refers serious allegations about Rehab to gardaí

Mar 13th 2014, 11:41 AM 12,004 Views 0 Comments

At a meeting this morning, the committee noted that it has received a letter from the solicitors acting on behalf of the developer John Kelly.

Suicide, the Irish language and Rehab
# Oireachtas Agenda
# Oireachtas Agenda

Suicide, the Irish language and Rehab

Mar 13th 2014, 9:00 AM 5,097 Views 3 Comments

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

PAC hasn’t got all the information it wanted about Rehab… or Frank Flannery
# Rehab Group
# Rehab Group

PAC hasn’t got all the information it wanted about Rehab… or Frank Flannery

Mar 12th 2014, 10:40 PM 8,184 Views 32 Comments

Flannery has told the PAC in a letter that he is willing to cooperate with its inquiry into the Rehab Group by, in the first instance, providing written information.

# public-accounts-committee - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Flannery to quit philanthropy body, accused of ‘metaphorically giving two fingers’ to PAC
# To Be Frank
# To Be Frank

Flannery to quit philanthropy body, accused of ‘metaphorically giving two fingers’ to PAC

Mar 11th 2014, 4:05 PM 12,906 Views 55 Comments

The former Fine Gael strategist and Rehab board member is also facing calls to come before the Public Accounts Committee.

# public-accounts-committee - Monday 10 March, 2014

Quinn: I’d see Frank Flannery walking with Fine Gael advisors before Cabinet meetings
# Rehab
# Rehab

Quinn: I’d see Frank Flannery walking with Fine Gael advisors before Cabinet meetings

Mar 10th 2014, 12:45 PM 13,014 Views 55 Comments

Meanwhile, junior minister Kathleen Lynch has said it is her personal opinion that Flannery’s position is not tenable.

This letter confirms the PAC can't release a transcript of the garda whistleblower's evidence
# Maurice McCabe
# Maurice McCabe

This letter confirms the PAC can't release a transcript of the garda whistleblower's evidence

Mar 10th 2014, 12:06 PM 5,613 Views 17 Comments

Maurice McCabe’s evidence about the penalty points system will not be released.

# public-accounts-committee - Saturday 8 March, 2014

Fine Gael adviser told to answer questions on payments from Rehab
# Go Go Go
# Go Go Go

Fine Gael adviser told to answer questions on payments from Rehab

Mar 8th 2014, 7:30 PM 12,107 Views 58 Comments

Minister of State Paschal Donohoe says both he and the Taoiseach agree that Frank Flannery should face the Public Accounts Committee.

McDonald: 'Flannery shouldn’t imagine that he can put his head in the sand'
# Rehab
# Rehab

McDonald: 'Flannery shouldn’t imagine that he can put his head in the sand'

Mar 8th 2014, 4:57 PM 10,089 Views 77 Comments

McDonald said that the PAC have written to Flannery twice to attend a meeting and he should accept the invitation.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 7 March, 2014

Irish embassies employ 21 full-time cooks, but our ambassadors are 'often acting like janitors'
# Not All Ferrero Rocher
# Not All Ferrero Rocher

Irish embassies employ 21 full-time cooks, but our ambassadors are 'often acting like janitors'

Mar 7th 2014, 6:00 AM 18,538 Views 51 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee has also heard details of how over €21 million in allowances is distributed among over 300 Irish officials serving abroad.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 6 March, 2014

Angela Kerins was ‘short on the full detail’, PAC wants more info from Rehab
# Rehab
# Rehab

Angela Kerins was ‘short on the full detail’, PAC wants more info from Rehab

Mar 6th 2014, 11:25 PM 18,148 Views 91 Comments

Meanwhile, the Tánaiste called on former Rehab CEO Frank Flannery to appear before the Public Accounts Committee.

'Not appropriate' to cut Irish aid to Uganda over anti-gay laws
# Irish Aid
# Irish Aid

'Not appropriate' to cut Irish aid to Uganda over anti-gay laws

Mar 6th 2014, 1:40 PM 7,806 Views 68 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs has argued that aid to the country is going to directly assist some of the poorest people in the world and that it’s a matter of educating people.

'We genuinely closed the Vatican embassy for cost reasons... but no one believes us'
# Holy See
# Holy See

'We genuinely closed the Vatican embassy for cost reasons... but no one believes us'

Mar 6th 2014, 12:43 PM 8,770 Views 39 Comments

Department of Foreign Affairs officials have been discussing the still-controversial closure of the Vatican embassy 26 months ago. It has since been decided to reopen it.

Portlaoise baby deaths, Ireland's forests and more priorities for 2014
# Oireachtas Agenda
# Oireachtas Agenda

Portlaoise baby deaths, Ireland's forests and more priorities for 2014

Mar 6th 2014, 9:00 AM 5,457 Views 1 Comment

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# public-accounts-committee - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Taoiseach on Rehab salaries: 'The public like to know these things'
# Rehab Group
# Rehab Group

Taoiseach on Rehab salaries: 'The public like to know these things'

Mar 1st 2014, 3:42 PM 6,107 Views 51 Comments

Enda Kenny declined to state specifically whether Fine Gael advisor Frank Flannery, a former CEO at Rehab, should go before the PAC.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 28 February, 2014

'Kerins should disclose salaries of executives sooner rather than later' says PAC chairman
# Rehab
# Rehab

'Kerins should disclose salaries of executives sooner rather than later' says PAC chairman

Feb 28th 2014, 6:53 PM 7,487 Views 14 Comments

The PAC said it could be Tuesday before they have legal clarity on whether they can publish salary figures.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Angela Kerins defends €240k salary and insists she is not paid by taxpayer
# Rehab Group
# Rehab Group

Angela Kerins defends €240k salary and insists she is not paid by taxpayer

Feb 27th 2014, 10:45 PM 58,225 Views 191 Comments

Kerins and other Rehab executives spent nearly five hours before the Public Accounts Committee today. Here’s what happened…

WATCH: Rehab execs refuse to disclose salaries - before HSE says it can tell TDs
# Rehab Group
# Rehab Group

WATCH: Rehab execs refuse to disclose salaries - before HSE says it can tell TDs

Feb 27th 2014, 4:28 PM 10,511 Views 28 Comments

Another tense exchange at the Public Accounts Committee

'I think that's kind of shocking': Tense exchanges as Mary Lou questions Rehab chief
# Angela Kerins
# Angela Kerins

'I think that's kind of shocking': Tense exchanges as Mary Lou questions Rehab chief

Feb 27th 2014, 2:01 PM 21,579 Views 64 Comments

The Sinn Féin TD spent nearly an hour questioning Angela Kerins at the Public Accounts Committee this morning, and it was tense.

Lawyers warn TDs: Don't ask Angela Kerins about her salary, ok?
# NO NO NO
# NO NO NO

Lawyers warn TDs: Don't ask Angela Kerins about her salary, ok?

Feb 27th 2014, 8:06 AM 15,686 Views 87 Comments

TDs aren’t happy about the warning.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 20 February, 2014

Ex-CRC chief Paul Kiely set to explain €742k pay-off to TDs
# Crc
# Crc

Ex-CRC chief Paul Kiely set to explain €742k pay-off to TDs

Feb 20th 2014, 10:51 AM 8,663 Views 33 Comments

Kiely last appeared before TDs on the Public Accounts Committee in December, but it has since emerged that his retirement package was more than he had disclosed.

# public-accounts-committee - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

'That's not a runner': TDs dismiss Rehab's plans to disclose other top salaries in 2016
# No Way
# No Way

'That's not a runner': TDs dismiss Rehab's plans to disclose other top salaries in 2016

Feb 18th 2014, 1:01 PM 7,330 Views 40 Comments

Two members of the Public Accounts Committee have said that there needs to be full disclosure from the controversial charitable organisation whose CEO Angela Kerns is expected before the committee next week.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 13 February, 2014

The PAC's next target? How political parties spend €12m of taxpayers' money
# Relentless
# Relentless

The PAC's next target? How political parties spend €12m of taxpayers' money

Feb 13th 2014, 6:00 PM 5,956 Views 25 Comments

The Dáil’s public spending watchdog has been asked by Lucinda Creighton to examine how political parties spend public money.

PAC will ask another Dáil committee if it can release the garda whistleblower transcript
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

PAC will ask another Dáil committee if it can release the garda whistleblower transcript

Feb 13th 2014, 3:18 PM 6,057 Views 15 Comments

“There is nothing in this transcript that’s going to change the world or blow our minds,” the Public Accounts Committee heard this morning.

HSE accused of producing new information on live TV 'for dramatic effect'
# Top-ups
# Top-ups

HSE accused of producing new information on live TV 'for dramatic effect'

Feb 13th 2014, 12:09 PM 7,365 Views 6 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming asked that the PAC receive new information the HSE has uncovered prior to officials appearing before TDs on the public spending watchdog.

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Dáil hears alleged conversation: 'If Shatter thinks you're screwing him, you're finished'
# Whistleblower
# Whistleblower

Dáil hears alleged conversation: 'If Shatter thinks you're screwing him, you're finished'

Feb 12th 2014, 10:08 AM 18,490 Views 0 Comments

Alan Shatter said that suggestions in a transcript, read into the Dáil record last night, that he threatened anyone or authorised threatening were “absolutely outrageous”.

# public-accounts-committee - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Shane Ross insists: 'I'm not looking for or hiding from publicity'
# PAC
# PAC

Shane Ross insists: 'I'm not looking for or hiding from publicity'

Feb 9th 2014, 7:30 AM 9,037 Views 43 Comments

The independent TD now appears determined to force the issue of giving a garda whistleblower a transcript of his evidence to a vote at a PAC meeting next week.