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#Public Accounts Committee

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

6 reasons why Martin Callinan resigned as Garda Commissioner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’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

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'

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'

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

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

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'

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

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

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

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.

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

'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.

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

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

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 This post contains videos

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

Another tense exchange at the Public Accounts Committee

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

“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'

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'

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

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

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.

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

Mary Lou: 'There's no reason why whistleblower transcript shouldn't be in public domain'

Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald said she is “very, very troubled” by the opposition among PAC members to releasing a transcript of testimony given by a garda sergeant to the committee last week.

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

Ex-DDDA boss to explain "significant expenses" in Lillie's Bordello & elsewhere

Thousands of euro in expenses on food, drink and entertainment were racked up by the Docklands agency during the mid-2000s.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 30 January, 2014

‘He kept saying he loved the guards’: No specifics but garda whistleblower a ‘credible witness’

Sergeant Maurice McCabe gave evidence to TDs for three hours in a behind closed doors session today.