Tuesday 16 January 2018

PAC to take legal advice on whether they can question Department of Finance officials over 'misleading' information

Finance Minister Michael Noonan
Finance Minister Michael Noonan

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

The Dail's spending watchdog is to take legal advice on whether they can question officials from the Department of Finance over their "misleading" of the committee at a previous hearing.

The Public Accounts Committee  (PAC) will shortly hear from their finance officials about information they gave in a previous hearing about whether the department had received documents from the IBRC on the sale of Siteserv.

 Finance Minister Michael Noonan yesterday corrected the Dáil record to say documents relating to the sale had actually been received by the Department.

 At the meeting Fianna Fáil's Sean Fleming said he thinks the Secretary General of the Department of Finance can be questioned on the matters surrounding this, despite the establishment of the Commission of Investigation.

 Former minister and Labour TD Joe Costello said it was only appropriate that officials from the Department would also correct the record of the PAC.

 However, committee chairman John McGuinness asked that the Committee wait until it hears legal advice on the matter shortly before they comment on the matter further.

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