Tuesday 6 December 2016

Someone must take responsibility

Published 07/11/2011 | 10:39

The chairman of the Dail Public Accounts Committee, John McGuinness, clashed sharply with the Secretary General of the Department of Finance, Kevin Cardiff, at the PAC meeting last Thursday.

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The subject was the amazing error of €3.6bn discovered in the department's accounts. But the real issue was and is accountability.

Mr Cardiff has been nominated by the Government for a seat on the European Court of Auditors. In what amounts to a job application, he has pointed to the key importance of "transparency and accountability".

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