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From TheJournal.ie Ireland is 'buying' its way out of meeting its emission targets by spending €86.8m worth of carbon credits Climate Action

Ireland is 'buying' its way out of meeting its emission targets by spending €86.8m worth of carbon credits

TD Seán Fleming said it was ‘the biggest act of gross hypocrisy’ at play.

From TheJournal.ie Ceann Comhairle apologises to Angela Kerins over PAC treatment Rehab

Ceann Comhairle apologises to Angela Kerins over PAC treatment

In March the Supreme Court ruled the PAC acted unlawfully in its questioning of the former Rehab CEO.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that Angela Kerins was 'badly treated' by the PAC Former Rehab Ceo

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that Angela Kerins was 'badly treated' by the PAC

“Notwithstanding all the issues around Ms Kerins’ salary, I think she was badly treated,” Varadkar told the Dáil committees’ chairs.

From TheJournal.ie HSE 'made eejits of' Government by appointing PwC to review National Children's Hospital costs PAC

HSE 'made eejits of' Government by appointing PwC to review National Children's Hospital costs

The firm was found to have ‘high level’ input into a decision to continue with constructing the project last year.

From TheJournal.ie Commissioner says €22m for 'parading time' is drain on garda overtime budget PAC

Commissioner says €22m for 'parading time' is drain on garda overtime budget

The Garda Commissioner is appearing before the Oireachtas Public Accounts committee for the first time today.

From TheJournal.ie 7 more public libraries set to open seven days a week between 8am and 10pm My Open Library

7 more public libraries set to open seven days a week between 8am and 10pm

The ‘My Open Library’ service offers extended opening hours, seven days a week.

From TheJournal.ie Over €100k paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who died from self-inflicted injuries PAC

Over €100k paid out in compensation to two families of prisoners who died from self-inflicted injuries

That’s according to documents provided to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

From TheJournal.ie Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend Children's Hospital This post contains videos

Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend

Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane said there is a level of contempt being shown to Oireachtas committees.

From TheJournal.ie 'Cute as foxes': TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets with the Fine Gael logo Housing Stats

'Cute as foxes': TD asks why the housing department is retweeting tweets with the Fine Gael logo

Meath TD Shane Cassells said there are serious ethical issues with the department retweeting Fine Gael messages.

From TheJournal.ie 'Chilling effect': What could the Kerins case change about Dáil committees? PAC It In

'Chilling effect': What could the Kerins case change about Dáil committees?

A significant judgement was handed down today against the “extraordinarily well-defended” privileges of the Oireachtas.

From TheJournal.ie Secretary General Robert Watt accused of 'playing games' with Oireachtas committees Children's Hospital

Secretary General Robert Watt accused of 'playing games' with Oireachtas committees

Calls have been made by a number of committees for Watt to appear before them to outline DEPR’s role in the children’s hospital project.

From TheJournal.ie Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board boss 'co-operating' with gardaí after Naas office raid Finance Audit

Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board boss 'co-operating' with gardaí after Naas office raid

The raid followed on from the publication of the C&AG audit of the financial statements of the organisation.

From TheJournal.ie 'Mind-boggling': Department can't say whether payments to firm were for surveillance of prison staff Prison Service

'Mind-boggling': Department can't say whether payments to firm were for surveillance of prison staff

The prison service paid two private security companies over a two-year period.

From TheJournal.ie Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board office raided by gardaí Naas

Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board office raided by gardaí Exclusive

The Comptroller and Auditor General published an audit into the board’s financial statements yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie New children's hospital memos show costs were on the up from summer 2017 Health Crises

New children's hospital memos show costs were on the up from summer 2017

The new children’s hospital is currently estimated to cost €1.7 billion.

From TheJournal.ie Over 200 claims made against Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme Personal Injury

Over 200 claims made against Bus Éireann School Transport Scheme

The School Transport Scheme transports children who reside in remote areas of the country to and from their nearest school.

From TheJournal.ie Calls for naming and shaming of tax defaulters who do not pay their settlements Death And Taxes

Calls for naming and shaming of tax defaulters who do not pay their settlements

From 2016 to May 2018, Revenue received a total of 9,721 ‘good citizen reports’ about suspected tax evasion.

From TheJournal.ie State spent over €1m renting Brussels embassy last year, as PAC questions value-for-money Buying Vs Rent

State spent over €1m renting Brussels embassy last year, as PAC questions value-for-money

Committee concerned about State renting buildings long-term rather than buying.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate' Follow The Money

'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate'

The committee got into hot water before the presidential election when it decided to review the spending of the Office of the President of Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme Unemployment

Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme

How much the companies got paid per person has been shrouded in secrecy since the roll out of the programme.

From TheJournal.ie 'There's a risk we'll remember this whole episode as a case of two bad, and one good cop' Whistleblowers

'There's a risk we'll remember this whole episode as a case of two bad, and one good cop'

Our politicians and government, as well as the media, should be prepared to be far more self-critical and embrace change, writes John Devitt.

From TheJournal.ie Harris on the defensive after judge criticises doctor recruitment process High Court

Harris on the defensive after judge criticises doctor recruitment process

“I note that the interview panel described the respondent as ‘eager to work and learn’. But learn at whose expense?” the judge said.

From TheJournal.ie New report shows that 83 of Ireland's wealthiest people pay lower rate of income tax than average worker High Worth Individuals

New report shows that 83 of Ireland's wealthiest people pay lower rate of income tax than average worker

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee said people would be “shocked” by the report.

From TheJournal.ie 'A cynical political attack': Ministers hit out at questioning over €317,000 President's allowance THE PAC

'A cynical political attack': Ministers hit out at questioning over €317,000 President's allowance

Questions surrounding the payment were raised at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why examining presidential expenses could be a problem Public Accounts Committee

Explainer: Why examining presidential expenses could be a problem

A number of people have argued that the move by the PAC is unconstitutional.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should there be an Áras costs inquiry before the presidential election? Aras 2018 This post contains a poll

Poll: Should there be an Áras costs inquiry before the presidential election?

The total breakdown of Áras costs isn’t publicly available; but some have said that the timing of an inquiry is “politically motivated”.

From TheJournal.ie Spending by the Office of the President to be scrutinised next week Money Money Money

Spending by the Office of the President to be scrutinised next week

The Secretary General of the Department of An Taoiseach has warned the committee it could be in breach of the Constitution.

From TheJournal.ie Watchdog still in talks with gardaí over members' compliance with ethics laws Garda College

Watchdog still in talks with gardaí over members' compliance with ethics laws

SIPO is to develop ‘standards of best practice’ for public bodies to ensure they communicate to employees about disclosing their interests.

From TheJournal.ie A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays Holiday Plans

A missed wedding and missed phone calls: Passport Office apologises for delays

It is “a matter of immense frustration” for staff that it’s taking longer than planned to process some applications, the Public Accounts Committee has been told.

From TheJournal.ie Number of women affected by smear test scandal expected to increase Cervical Check

Number of women affected by smear test scandal expected to increase

The Head of the National Screening Service Damien McCallion says more women will be contacted about their cancer test audits.

From TheJournal.ie 'I don't want my death to be in vain': Watch Vicky Phelan's powerful PAC speech TERMINAL CANCER This post contains videos

'I don't want my death to be in vain': Watch Vicky Phelan's powerful PAC speech

Vicky said CervicalCheck and her gynaecologist spent 15 months arguing over whose responsibility it was to tell her about a HSE audit.

From TheJournal.ie Expert leading CervicalCheck inquiry concerned about 'fevered atmosphere' Smear Tests

Expert leading CervicalCheck inquiry concerned about 'fevered atmosphere'

Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has received government approval for the drafting of a Bill to establish an independent board for the HSE.

From TheJournal.ie Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign PAC

Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign

The Public Accounts Committee also raised concerns about the use of “fraud” in department material.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's not good enough': Committee says better oversight of how RTÉ spends taxpayers' money is needed Licence Fee

'It's not good enough': Committee says better oversight of how RTÉ spends taxpayers' money is needed

It called on RTÉ to sign up to new service-level agreement to ensure there is transparency in how it spends the licence fee money.

From TheJournal.ie Public servants in shared system overpaid an estimated €3.7 million last year Overpayment

Public servants in shared system overpaid an estimated €3.7 million last year

The National Shared Services Office provides payroll services to 124,600 public servants.

From TheJournal.ie Martin Callinan's 'disgusting comment' led to 'open season' on Maurice McCabe Charleton Tribunal

Martin Callinan's 'disgusting comment' led to 'open season' on Maurice McCabe

The Disclosures Tribunal was told about McCabe’s feelings post-that PAC meeting today by the garda’s civilian head of HR.

From TheJournal.ie The re-opening of Stepaside Garda Station has been thrown into serious doubt Saga

The re-opening of Stepaside Garda Station has been thrown into serious doubt

That’s despite an announcement before Christmas that the station was one of six to be re-opened.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin's most senior garda says reopening Stepaside station not his top priority Resources

Dublin's most senior garda says reopening Stepaside station not his top priority

Pat Leahy said that in terms of personnel allocation, there are other areas of Dublin that he would wish to prioritise.

From TheJournal.ie Ice sculpture among expenses as Department of Education spent €13k on retirement party Lavish Spend

Ice sculpture among expenses as Department of Education spent €13k on retirement party

The Public Accounts Committee asked about the costs involved for the retirement party of the president of Cork IT.

From TheJournal.ie Apple and Google to be asked to appear before the PAC to explain their tax affairs Corporation Tax

Apple and Google to be asked to appear before the PAC to explain their tax affairs

Google, Apple, JP Morgan, City Bank, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer will be invited to appear before a government committee.

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