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#Public Accounts Committee

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

PAC will keep audio of garda whistleblower hearing - but no transcript

Member of the Public Accounts Committee queried what record will be kept of their private meeting with a serving Garda sergeant later today.

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

Callinan: Not in public interest to stop garda whistleblower appearing before PAC

The Garda Commissioner has dropped his threat of possible legal action as the Public Accounts Committee prepares to hear from a serving sergeant tomorrow afternoon.

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

‘The work of the PAC is not finished’: Whistleblower to give evidence behind closed doors

The committee has decided, without a vote, to press ahead with plans to hear from serving garda sergeant this Thursday.

PAC may hold rare vote as government TDs say penalty points inquiry should be stopped

Justice Minister Alan Shatter asked the Garda Ombudsman to investigate the penalty points controversy last night in light of recent developments.

Column: Shatter's focus is on whistleblowers themselves, rather than their allegations

The investigation into the penalty point controversy is minimising the independence of the Garda Ombudsman: the body won’t have autonomous access to the PULSE system or any remit to examine the Commissioner’s role, writes Mick Wallace TD.

We'll find out later today if a serving garda sergeant will appear before the PAC

But Maurice McCabe’s possible appearance before members of the Public Accounts Committee could yet end-up in the courts.

# public-accounts-committee - Monday 27 January, 2014

Shatter slams ‘disturbing’ PAC comments, asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issue

The Minister has also hit out at a “minority” of PAC members whose comments “pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility”.

PAC to take legal advice on continuing penalty points examination

It is to hold a private meeting tomorrow to discuss the news that the Ombudsman is to probe the penalty points issue.

'We cannot do all the work': PAC's growing prominence leads to tensions among members

An ambulance chaser or an indispensable public spending watchdog? The Public Accounts Committee’s work and role is coming under increasing scrutiny from its own members.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 24 January, 2014

Callinan has “no difficulty” in providing information to PAC

The Commissioner said that he would not discuss the issue of serving sergeant Maurice McCabe appearing before the PAC.

TDs divided on whether PAC should hear from garda whistleblowers publicly

Even if the Public Accounts Committee is able to hear from the whistleblowers it is not clear whether this will happen in public or private session.

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

'The facts as I know them': 11 things we learned from Martin Callinan's evidence to the PAC

The Garda Commissioner spent five hours giving evidence to TDs on the Public Accounts Committee today. Here’s what he told them…

'Maximum disclosure' expected in new report into CRC legacy issues PAC

'Maximum disclosure' expected in new report into CRC legacy issues

A deadline of 31 March has been set for the completion of the report, after which staff will face another grilling by the Public Accounts Committee.

Callinan: Whistleblowers’ penalty points allegations are ‘quite disgusting’

The Garda Commissioner has said he will take legal advice over the appearance of two garda whistleblowers before the PAC over the penalty points controversy.

‘Where is the national scandal here?’: Callinan defends garda handling of penalty points

The Garda Commissioner is appearing before TDs on the Public Accounts Committee at Leinster House today.

# public-accounts-committee - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Banking inquiry could be up and running within ‘four to five months’

The make up of the new committee both in terms of size and who will sit on it has yet to be decided.

Enda Kenny: 'We can't have a situation where thousands have to boil water every day'

The Taoiseach has defended Irish Water and its chief executive John Tierney this morning.

# public-accounts-committee - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Harris: Former CRC chair Goulding still has questions to answer Crc

Harris: Former CRC chair Goulding still has questions to answer

Deputy Simon Harris is a member of the Public Accounts Committee, which grilled Central Remedial Clinic employees this week.

# public-accounts-committee - Saturday 18 January, 2014

Noonan: ‘On face of it’, CRC money should be paid back Crc

Noonan: ‘On face of it’, CRC money should be paid back

The Minister said that the CRC scandal was “an astounding set of circumstances and absolutely shocking”.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 17 January, 2014

Here are the minutes of the CRC board meeting where Paul Kiely’s €742k pay-off was agreed Crc

Here are the minutes of the CRC board meeting where Paul Kiely’s €742k pay-off was agreed

The Public Accounts Committee has published the minutes of the meeting where the controversial remuneration package for the outgoing CEO were discussed in the spring of last year.

'Please don't pass the bucket': CRC parent in tearful plea Crc

'Please don't pass the bucket': CRC parent in tearful plea

“You feel disgusted and saddened, but not just for yourself and your child, you feel for the staff of the CRC, they’re so amazing, they work so hard.”

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

‘Shameful’: Ex-CRC chief got €473k retirement pay-off – all of it from charitable funds Crc

‘Shameful’: Ex-CRC chief got €473k retirement pay-off – all of it from charitable funds

The Public Accounts Committee has heard fresh revelations about the top-up and pension pay-off scandal at the Central Remedial Clinic with a total of €742,025 paid out in respect of Paul Kiely’s pension and pay-off.

'Did it come from the taxpayer?': PAC chief slams Hogan's officials over Irish Water funding

A suggestion that the exchequer is not funding Irish Water drew criticism from the Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness last night.

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Former CRC chief’s retirement package may be more than previously disclosed Exclusive

The Public Accounts Committee will hear further details about the top-up scandal at the Central Remedial Clinic tomorrow morning.

Irish Water faces questions from Public Accounts Committee over funding

John Tierney, who appeared before the joint Oireachtas Environment Committee yesterday, will be back in Leinster House this evening to answer more questions on Irish Water’s finances.

# public-accounts-committee - Monday 13 January, 2014

John McGuinness: Missing bank guarantee documents need to be found

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee said he is “appalled” by the news that documents related to the bank guarantee have gone missing in the Department of Finance.

Irish Water to appear before Public Accounts Committee following consultancy spend revelations

The news – which comes after it was revealed Irish Water spent €50m on consultants last year – was welcomed by PAC member and TD Simon Harris.

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

'A national scandal': Irish Water facing questions from PAC over €50m consultancy fees

Irish Water has defended the spending saying the initial cost of setting it up has to be seen “in the context of long term cost savings”.

# public-accounts-committee - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

McGuinness: We have to dig much deeper in relation to St Vincent’s

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee said he found the manner in which the information was released into the public domain by the hospital “shocking”.

# public-accounts-committee - Friday 20 December, 2013

NAMA fights back against claims of illegality

NAMA’s bosses told an Oireachtas committee this morning that although they have not been presented with the specific allegations, they are “satisfied that they are unfounded”.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 19 December, 2013

We're compliant "based on our interpretation" say St. Vincent's bosses

The hospital have told the HSE that they will not disclose payments to senior staff because of data protection issues and because they come from private funds.

Concern CRC pension payments creating 'costflow advantage' for Mater Crc

Concern CRC pension payments creating 'costflow advantage' for Mater

Last week it was suggested the €660,000 paid by the CRC to the hospital for 180 of its staff, was going into a ‘phantom fund’.

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

NAMA to be called before Public Accounts Committee over leak allegations

Hearings are likely to take place with National Asset Management Agency and Department of Finance officials in the New Year.

# public-accounts-committee - Thursday 12 December, 2013

Former Dublin docklands boss defends record and slams 'grievous accusations'

Paul Maloney said he had, for four years, “watched aghast” as the authority’s former chair Niamh Brennan issued “report after report” which contained “the most grievous accusations which have since been withdrawn or discredited”.

'No other option': PAC seeks to compel ex-CRC chief to appear before it Crc

'No other option': PAC seeks to compel ex-CRC chief to appear before it

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness expressed frustration at the slow process of compelling witnesses to appear before it.

Dublin Docklands, Irish Water, and everything else happening in Leinster House today

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

PAC chairman: CRC execs should not resign until investigation complete Crc

PAC chairman: CRC execs should not resign until investigation complete

John McGuinness also says he has “no difficulty” dealing with the Bertie Ahern link with the Central Remedial Clinic.

# public-accounts-committee - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

'Absolute madness': CRC pays Mater Hospital €660k to administer 'phantom pension fund' Crc

'Absolute madness': CRC pays Mater Hospital €660k to administer 'phantom pension fund'

The revelation was disclosed right at the end of lengthy hearings before the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee this afternoon.

Video: Former CRC chief got €200k lump-sum payment from charity fund Crc

Video: Former CRC chief got €200k lump-sum payment from charity fund

The HSE’s director of human resources, Barry O’Brien, said that the executive “had no knowledge on that” arrangement.

Former CRC chief "thought salary was being paid by the HSE" Crc

Former CRC chief "thought salary was being paid by the HSE"

Brian Conlan declined to meet the Public Accounts Committee today, but released a statement contradicting some of the things said.