Wednesday 26 July 2017

Liz O'Donnell: How diligent TDs play a crucial role in holding people to account

Chair of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Chair of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

IT was a week when people stared slack jawed at the radio.

Such was the drama that if you missed a news bulletin, you were not at the races. Big Phil Hogan had a Houdini -like escape from the swirling waters of controversy about his department's responsibility for the establishment costs of Irish Water. That story has not gone away, with gaping holes in the explanations for the various outlay on consultants(€86m) and a mysterious allocation of €5.7m on a "county manager's group".

The minister appeared unfazed at the profligate spending of public monies. Looks like his mind is already in Brussels, where that sort of money is small beer. Memories of Pee Flynn lording it around Commission corridors like a modern prince come to mind.

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