Taoiseach calls for openness with PAC

Taoiseach pressed over committee request for Frank Flannery pension disclosure

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was questioned by journalists on the request made by the PAC to Frank Flannery. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was questioned by journalists on the request made by the PAC to Frank Flannery. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sat, Mar 1, 2014, 16:23

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that people should be forthcoming with information about income in the charity sector when public money was involved.

Mr Kenny was responding to questions from journalists at the Fine Gael ardfheis this afternoon on the request made by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to Frank Flannery to reveal the terms of his pension from Rehab where he served as chief executive. Mr Flannery, who remains a board member, is a long-time Fine Gael strategist and close associate of the Taoiseach.

Asked if he would encourage Mr Flannery to go before the PAC, Mr Kenny repeated that where public money was involved in charities, people should be forthcoming about details of salaries and so on.

Mr Flannery was in Leinster House last Thursday but did not accept the invitation to attend the PAC meeting. He is attending this weekend’s ardfheis.