Sunday 24 September 2017

Value-for-money overseer must show that his own figures add up

John Downing

John Downing

JOHN McGuinness has built his political reputation on pursuing value in the spending of taxpayers' money.

He was a maverick backbench TD who sometimes rocked the boat for two of the governments headed by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, asking awkward questions of an administration that flung money at problems. As vice-chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), he was an even more strident watchdog.

Mr McGuinness even continued giving the odd clip to the public service after he was appointed Junior Trade Minister in June 2007.

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