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# Public Accounts Committee

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# Rehab Group
'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.
# Job Done
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.
# gone
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.
# legal letters
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.
# Fraud
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”.
# Compellability
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.
# behind closed doors
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.
# kickbacks
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.
# tell us more
"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.
# wood you believe
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?
# keep mum
Kerins and Flannery legal threats to Rehab not to reveal finances
Solicitors’ letters were fired off to the charity group last night.
# Oireachtas agenda
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 Group
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.
# Round 2
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.
# Rehab
Enda Kenny: 'Of course' Flannery and Kerins should appear before the PAC
The Taoiseach added that he believed charities should not pay their CEOs to lobby the government.
# Gardagate
Up to €50,000 was spent on maintaining Garda station recording equipment every year
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.
# Rehab
Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery are 'absolutely expected' to attend PAC next week
The Public Accounts Committee has discussed the latest developments at the Rehab Group, including the retirement of its CEO Angela Kerins, this morning.
# gone
Mary Lou McDonald says Angela Kerins' stress was of her own making
Angela Kerins quit today, stating that the latest controversies had taken their toll on her family and the Rehab Group.
# Whistleblowers
Shatter officials deny telling Callinan that he could not withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark
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.
# Gardagate
The PAC wants information on the systems gardaí used to record phone calls
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.
# Explainer
6 reasons why Martin Callinan resigned as Garda Commissioner
He’s gone, but why did he do it?
# Cabinet split
Quinn backs Labour on whistleblowers… after Kenny tells ministers to air concerns privately
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.
# garda whistleblowers
Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’t
Leo Varadkar has said that Martin Callinan should withdraw remarks that the actions of two garda whistleblowers were “disgusting”.
# abandoned
Over €3m 'down the drain' after 'comedy of errors' on new pathology office
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.
# Magdalene Laundries
Magdalene women share nearly €9m in compensation - but still waiting on healthcare
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.
# Rehab
PAC refers serious allegations about Rehab to gardaí
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.
# Oireachtas agenda
Suicide, the Irish language and Rehab
Everything happening in Leinster House today.
# Rehab Group
PAC hasn’t got all the information it wanted about Rehab… or Frank Flannery
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.
# To be Frank
Flannery to quit philanthropy body, accused of ‘metaphorically giving two fingers’ to PAC
The former Fine Gael strategist and Rehab board member is also facing calls to come before the Public Accounts Committee.
# Rehab
Quinn: I’d see Frank Flannery walking with Fine Gael advisors before Cabinet meetings
Meanwhile, junior minister Kathleen Lynch has said it is her personal opinion that Flannery’s position is not tenable.
# Maurice McCabe
This letter confirms the PAC can't release a transcript of the garda whistleblower's evidence
Maurice McCabe’s evidence about the penalty points system will not be released.
# go go go
Fine Gael adviser told to answer questions on payments from Rehab
Minister of State Paschal Donohoe says both he and the Taoiseach agree that Frank Flannery should face the Public Accounts Committee.
# Rehab
McDonald: 'Flannery shouldn’t imagine that he can put his head in the sand'
McDonald said that the PAC have written to Flannery twice to attend a meeting and he should accept the invitation.
# Not all Ferrero Rocher
Irish embassies employ 21 full-time cooks, but our ambassadors are 'often acting like janitors'
The Public Accounts Committee has also heard details of how over €21 million in allowances is distributed among over 300 Irish officials serving abroad.
# Rehab
Angela Kerins was ‘short on the full detail’, PAC wants more info from Rehab
Meanwhile, the Tánaiste called on former Rehab CEO Frank Flannery to appear before the Public Accounts Committee.
# Irish Aid
'Not appropriate' to cut Irish aid to Uganda over anti-gay laws
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.
# Holy See
'We genuinely closed the Vatican embassy for cost reasons... but no one believes us'
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.
# Oireachtas agenda
Portlaoise baby deaths, Ireland's forests and more priorities for 2014
Everything happening in Leinster House today.
# Rehab Group
Taoiseach on Rehab salaries: 'The public like to know these things'
Enda Kenny declined to state specifically whether Fine Gael advisor Frank Flannery, a former CEO at Rehab, should go before the PAC.
# Rehab
'Kerins should disclose salaries of executives sooner rather than later' says PAC chairman
The PAC said it could be Tuesday before they have legal clarity on whether they can publish salary figures.