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Why Fianna Fail still doesn't 'get it'

Published 10/06/2011 | 08:34

The row over the chairmanship of the Dail Public Accounts Committee, by far the most important parliamentary committee and which oversees public spending, demonstrates that, despite the drubbing it took in last February's general election, Fianna Fail still doesn't "get it".

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Traditionally the chairmanship of the PAC has gone to the largest opposition party. However, the FF parliamentary party which returned to Leinster House last February is little more than a rump.

Unfortunately, far from having been chastened by such a drubbing it seems FF's sense of entitlement has not deserted it. The party is now arguing that, despite having presided over the squandermania of the Ahern and Cowen years, its nominee should get to chair the PAC. The idea of FF's nominee overseeing the Dail's public spending watchdog is perverse. Let the job go to the best-qualified TD, regardless of his or her political affiliation.

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