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# Public Accounts Committee

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# Rehab Group
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…
# Rehab Group
WATCH: Rehab execs refuse to disclose salaries - before HSE says it can tell TDs
Another tense exchange at the Public Accounts Committee
# Angela Kerins
'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.
# 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.
# No way
'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.
# relentless
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.
# Penalty Points
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.
# top-ups
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.
# Whistleblower
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”.
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.
# Penalty Points
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.
# celtic tiger
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.
# Penalty Points
‘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.
# behind closed doors
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.
# Penalty Points
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.
# Penalty Points
‘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.
# Garda Whistleblower
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.
# Penalty Points
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.
# Shatter v PAC
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”.
# private meeting
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.
# Trouble Brewing
'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.
# Whistleblowers
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.
# Penalty Points
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.
# Penalty Points
'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
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.
# Penalty Points
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.
# Penalty Points
‘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.
# Banking Inquiry
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.
# Irish Water
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.
# 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.
# 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”.
# 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.
# 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.”
# 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.
# Hot Water
'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.
# Brian Conlan
Former CRC chief’s retirement package may be more than previously disclosed
The Public Accounts Committee will hear further details about the top-up scandal at the Central Remedial Clinic tomorrow morning.
# John Tierney
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.
# Bank Guarantee
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.