PAC must compel appearance or bluff will be called
FRANK Flannery has called the bluff of the Dail Public Accounts committee.
The former Fine Gael strategist is around the political scene long enough to know the threat to compel him to appear before the taxpayers' watchdog is mere huff and puff.
Despite the new Oireachtas Inquiry legislation – enacted into law during the summer – giving committees more powers, Leinster House has still to get its act in gear. New ground rules, known as Standing Orders, for compelling witnesses have yet to be drafted.