When PAC refrains from grandstanding, its work is vital
THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the most powerful Oireachtas inquiry body, is enjoying something of a renaissance. In recent times it has held interrogations on important issues of public interest including NAMA; our opaque charity sector, the establishment of Irish Water and the discretionary wiping of penalty points by gardai.
The forensic questioning by some politicians in the PAC has raised fresh hope that TDs and senators are capable of intelligent oversight and scrutiny of the use of public monies and other matters explored in political inquiries.
This is a crucial component to boost public confidence ahead of the planned banking inquiry.