Thursday 14 December 2017

The PAC Vs Finance Committee

Daniel McConnell on who should hold the inquiry into the banking crashKEY WITNESSES: Brian Cowen and Sean FitzPatrick

THE political turf war over who should or should not take charge of an inquiry into Ireland's catastrophic banking crash has raised a number of serious questions.

John McGuinness's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has produced a 290-page report which poses several hundred questions that remain unanswered into what exactly happened, primarily on and as a result of the night of the bank guarantee -- September 29, 2008.

However, Minister Brendan Howlin has been accused of stymieing the PAC by suggesting the inquiry would be more suitably run by the Oireachtas Finance Committee, which is chaired by his party colleague Alex White.

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