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#Public Accounts Committee

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

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

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

Feb 7th 2014, 6:18 PM 7,809 Views 52 Comments

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
# Celtic Tiger
# Celtic Tiger

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

Feb 6th 2014, 2:04 PM 15,614 Views 31 Comments

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’
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

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

Jan 30th 2014, 11:00 PM 25,856 Views 108 Comments

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

PAC will keep audio of garda whistleblower hearing - but no transcript
# Behind Closed Doors
# Behind Closed Doors

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

Jan 30th 2014, 10:55 AM 4,647 Views 21 Comments

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
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

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

Jan 29th 2014, 1:11 PM 7,770 Views 46 Comments

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
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

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

Jan 28th 2014, 10:55 PM 10,813 Views 70 Comments

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
# Garda Whistleblower
# Garda Whistleblower

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

Jan 28th 2014, 12:44 PM 6,289 Views 49 Comments

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
# Garda Whistleblowers
# Garda Whistleblowers

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

Jan 28th 2014, 12:29 PM 18 Views 41 Comments

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
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

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

Jan 28th 2014, 6:15 AM 3,836 Views 17 Comments

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
# Shatter V PAC
# Shatter V PAC

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

Jan 27th 2014, 11:00 PM 15,997 Views 107 Comments

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
# Private Meeting
# Private Meeting

PAC to take legal advice on continuing penalty points examination

Jan 27th 2014, 11:00 PM 5,753 Views 17 Comments

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
# Trouble Brewing
# Trouble Brewing

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

Jan 27th 2014, 10:38 AM 6,590 Views 26 Comments

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
# Whistleblowers
# Whistleblowers

Callinan has “no difficulty” in providing information to PAC

Jan 24th 2014, 10:50 PM 11,923 Views 55 Comments

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
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

TDs divided on whether PAC should hear from garda whistleblowers publicly

Jan 24th 2014, 1:46 PM 6,511 Views 62 Comments

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
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

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

Jan 23rd 2014, 4:45 PM 17,636 Views 133 Comments

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
# PAC

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

Jan 23rd 2014, 2:07 PM 5,067 Views 18 Comments

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’
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

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

Jan 23rd 2014, 1:50 PM 14,692 Views 104 Comments

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
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

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

Jan 23rd 2014, 1:00 PM 12,875 Views 77 Comments

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’
# Banking Inquiry
# Banking Inquiry

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

Jan 21st 2014, 10:50 PM 6,864 Views 64 Comments

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'
# Irish Water
# Irish Water

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

Jan 21st 2014, 8:34 AM 9,018 Views 108 Comments

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
# Crc

Harris: Former CRC chair Goulding still has questions to answer

Jan 19th 2014, 6:28 PM 7,917 Views 18 Comments

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
# Crc

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

Jan 18th 2014, 8:40 PM 18,864 Views 98 Comments

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
# Crc

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

Jan 17th 2014, 10:50 PM 37,380 Views 89 Comments

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
# Crc

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

Jan 17th 2014, 8:34 AM 16,177 Views 143 Comments

“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
# Crc

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

Jan 16th 2014, 1:35 PM 22,996 Views 192 Comments

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
# Hot Water
# Hot Water

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

Jan 16th 2014, 9:45 AM 9,058 Views 62 Comments

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
# Brian Conlan
# Brian Conlan

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

Jan 15th 2014, 10:51 PM 17,271 Views 67 Comments

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
# John Tierney

Irish Water faces questions from Public Accounts Committee over funding

Jan 15th 2014, 7:45 AM 4,145 Views 38 Comments

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
# Bank Guarantee
# Bank Guarantee

John McGuinness: Missing bank guarantee documents need to be found

Jan 13th 2014, 10:55 PM 15,166 Views 82 Comments

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
# Irish Water
# Irish Water

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

Jan 13th 2014, 5:14 PM 7,196 Views 58 Comments

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
# Water Charges
# Water Charges

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

Jan 10th 2014, 1:34 PM 19,134 Views 125 Comments

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
# Top-ups
# Top-ups

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

Dec 24th 2013, 1:05 PM 13,531 Views 49 Comments

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
# NAMA

NAMA fights back against claims of illegality

Dec 20th 2013, 12:33 PM 6,485 Views 29 Comments

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
# Private Payments
# Private Payments

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

Dec 19th 2013, 1:32 PM 8,244 Views 27 Comments

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
# Crc

Concern CRC pension payments creating 'costflow advantage' for Mater

Dec 19th 2013, 12:34 PM 5,865 Views 13 Comments

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
# NAMA
# NAMA

NAMA to be called before Public Accounts Committee over leak allegations

Dec 18th 2013, 8:47 AM 4,383 Views 24 Comments

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'
# Dublin Docklands
# Dublin Docklands

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

Dec 12th 2013, 2:52 PM 8,608 Views 19 Comments

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
# Crc

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

Dec 12th 2013, 11:42 AM 3,837 Views 31 Comments

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
# Oireachtas Agenda
# Oireachtas Agenda

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

Dec 12th 2013, 9:00 AM 4,637 Views 4 Comments

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

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

PAC chairman: CRC execs should not resign until investigation complete

Dec 12th 2013, 8:59 AM 3,899 Views 37 Comments

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