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#Public Accounts Committee

From TheJournal.ie PAC 'concerned' that OPW building maintenance spending jumped from expected €9m to €39.4m Finances

PAC 'concerned' that OPW building maintenance spending jumped from expected €9m to €39.4m

This follows the publication of the 2018 annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) today.

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 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 The42 Uefa 'aware' of decision to withdraw State funding from the FAI From The Top

Uefa 'aware' of decision to withdraw State funding from the FAI

Sport Ireland announced on Tuesday that they were to cease providing grants to Irish football.

From The42 'We’ve about 50 clubs back - it’s not positive': Leinster clubs voice their concerns over FAI board Statement

'We’ve about 50 clubs back - it’s not positive': Leinster clubs voice their concerns over FAI board

Leinster Senior League chairman David Moran has called on the FAI to restore the public’s confidence in the organisation.

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 Supreme Court finds PAC acted 'significantly' outside remit in questioning of former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins Angela Kerins

Supreme Court finds PAC acted 'significantly' outside remit in questioning of former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins

Angela Kerins had sought damages from the PAC following a 2014 hearing. The case has been adjourned until April.

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 National Children's Hospital Project 'highly unlikely’ to come in under €2 billion National Children's Hospital

National Children's Hospital Project 'highly unlikely’ to come in under €2 billion

The Secretary General of the HSE is unable to confirm that the cost will be below €2 billion

From TheJournal.ie Investigation into claims of 'unauthorised surveillance' in Irish prisons to finish in February Whistleblower

Investigation into claims of 'unauthorised surveillance' in Irish prisons to finish in February

The examination of claims by a prison officer was ordered by the Justice Minister in November.

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 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 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 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 '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 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 The government isn't saying when the €13 billion from Apple will be recovered Public Accounts Committee

The government isn't saying when the €13 billion from Apple will be recovered

Collecting the money requires a “bespoke solution”, a top official said.

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.

From TheJournal.ie Health watchdog boss says he was at controversial 'boycott Fair Deal Scheme' meeting Under Pressure

Health watchdog boss says he was at controversial 'boycott Fair Deal Scheme' meeting

Chairman of Hiqa, Brian McEnery, attended a meeting in 2015, which has sparked a potential investigation into the private nursing home sector.

From TheJournal.ie Acting Garda Commissioner says he has 'no authority' to release report into reopening of Stepaside Garda Station Public Accounts Committee

Acting Garda Commissioner says he has 'no authority' to release report into reopening of Stepaside Garda Station

Dónall Ó Cualáin was up in front of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Committee wants to know why OCI is locked into contract with company at centre of Rio scandal Tickets

Committee wants to know why OCI is locked into contract with company at centre of Rio scandal

The Olympic Council of Ireland is locked into a contract with the company at centre of Rio ticketing scandal until 2026.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's time for her to go': TDs call for Commissioner to step down over Templemore scandal PAC

'It's time for her to go': TDs call for Commissioner to step down over Templemore scandal

The Public Accounts Committee released its damning report today on financial irregularities at the garda college.

From TheJournal.ie Garda Commissioner rolls with the punches as TDs go heavyweight Analysis

Garda Commissioner rolls with the punches as TDs go heavyweight

The Commissioner faced a gruelling session at the Public Accounts Committee this week but she let TDs know she is not going anywhere.

From TheJournal.ie Rank-and-file gardaí refuse to give social club bank details to management Garda

Rank-and-file gardaí refuse to give social club bank details to management

The GRA has advised its members not to hand over this information as these accounts do not contain public funds.

From TheJournal.ie The 8 answers the Commissioner gave when asked if she had confidence in her team Yes Or No

The 8 answers the Commissioner gave when asked if she had confidence in her team

Labour TD Alan Kelly said he found it “alarming” that the Garda Commissioner could not express confidence in everyone on her management team.

From TheJournal.ie Head of garda HR steps down from ethics committee amid internal row Templemore

Head of garda HR steps down from ethics committee amid internal row

It emerged recently that one of Barrett’s colleagues questioned in a letter to the Commissioner whether he had breached the Official Secrets Act.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's like we're in an episode of Father Ted': Top civil servants contradict each other when questioned Follow The Money

'It's like we're in an episode of Father Ted': Top civil servants contradict each other when questioned

Civilian members of the gardaí gave evidence in front of the Public Accounts Committee today.

From TheJournal.ie University presidents showed 'arrogance' when questioned about financial misconduct, claims TD Misleading Information

University presidents showed 'arrogance' when questioned about financial misconduct, claims TD

An RTÉ Investigates show aired last night which highlighted a number of incidents in the third-level sector.

From TheJournal.ie Most people want Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan fired Templemore

Most people want Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan fired

She has faced increasing pressure in recent months following a string of controversies.

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