If Noonan is so eager for PAC to do its job, he should go before it
Published 20/09/2016 | 02:30
What better way for the Government to demonstrate its commitment to new politics than for Finance Minister Michael Noonan to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)?
For the past few days, Mr Noonan's advisers will have earned their salaries looking for an escape hatch in a seemingly impenetrable wall - a credible excuse to decline an invitation to appear before PAC - but Houdini himself would find it hard to get out of this one.
First, they will have studied the Dáil's standing orders, particularly Order 186, which gives PAC its powers.