Someone must take responsibility
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.
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".