Saturday 16 December 2017

TDs accuse 'contemptuous' civil servants of stonewalling tactics

In scenes reminiscent of 'Yes Minister', State officials are dodging PAC questions, writes Daniel McConnell

PAC chairman John McGuinness
PAC chairman John McGuinness
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

AN almighty war has broken out it seems between the Government and the Dail's most powerful committee, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Members of the PAC feel that far from delivering the openness and transparency promised before the last election, the Government and some top officials are frustrating the PAC from asking awkward questions about how the State is being run.

The PAC is the main forum for detailed and rigorous scrutiny of how taxpayers' money is being spent and, more importantly, misspent – a vital role at present, given how weak the current opposition is in the Dail.

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