Saturday 20 December 2014

Rabbitte: Making Flannery to appear in front of PAC 'very unusual'

Published 12/03/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte pictured during  the meda briefing on the update to the NTMA bill 2013, at the Grangegorman Development Authority yesterday.
Pic Frank Mc Grath
Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte has said a decision to compel Frank Flannery to appear in front of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) would represent a "very unusual step".

Mr Rabbitte said he believed such a move could only arise if there were "imperative" issues to consider.

The Labour minister, who said he has known Mr Flannery for years, today insisted that "absolutely nothing inappropriate" has been established in relation to the former Fine Gael strategist's role with Rehab.

However, Mr Rabbitte said the controversy surrounding Mr Flannery would have been dealt with if he appeared in front of PAC when initially asked.

"I think there is a strong argument that he should have gone in on day one. We wouldn't have had this controversy dragging on," he said.

Mr Rabbitte was speaking at the launch of a new financial technology start-up initiative at the State Street Corporation's headquarters in Dublin 2.

Mr Rabbitte played down suggestions the controversy was damaging to the Government.

"Absolutely nothing inappropriate has been established so let's see what the Public Accounts Committee establishes in due course."

Irish Independent

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