Friday 15 December 2017

Elderfield faces down PAC alone

THE Public Accounts Committee can be a rather daunting venue for many civil servants (or committee chairmen as evidenced yesterday) who find themselves hauled before its members.

Unlike other committees, TDs on the Dail's public spending watchdog are generally given a liberal amount of time to grill their targets, and The Punt has sat through hearings in years gone by that have lasted upwards of six hours.

For Matthew Elderfield, it's a breeze.

The outgoing financial regulator appeared on his own yesterday without the usual coterie of civil servants.

PAC chairman John McGuinness, at the outset of the hearing, turned to encourage him to introduce his aides, only to find empty chairs. There was no need for anyone else. All questions were answered thoroughly and competently, with little need for notes.

We'll let you in on a secret. The Punt is a fan.

Irish Independent

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