Brendan Howlin says John McGuinness’s PAC role is matter for committee
PUBLIC Spending Minister Brendan Howlin says John McGuinness’s position as chair of the Public Accounts Committee is a matter for the committee members themselves.
Throwing the spotlight onto the TDs who sit on the committee, Mr Howlin said: “It’s very important committee of the house and it’s a matter for the committee itself.
“He has a very important role to play. That committee is probably the foremost committee of the house and we are giving further powers to committees under the legislation I am bringing in now.”
And when asked about Mr McGuinness’s St Patrick’s Day visit to Seattle when he was a junior minister with his wife and one official, which cost the taxpayer €22,000, Mr Howlin said the current Government makes spouses pay their own way when accompanying ministers.
“He’s made his own explanation and people can draw their own conclusions,” Mr Howlin said.
“It’s not the norm of the pattern for this administration. I think that he is an elected member of the Public Accounts Committee. It’s very important committee of the house and it’s a matter for the committee itself.
“It’s for the committee and the Oireachtas to make determinations on the suitability of any individual.”