‘317,000 reasons’ the PAC hearing is worth it

Inside Politics: Public Accounts Committee unearths a €317,000 annual allowance for president that is not subject to audit

President Michael D.Higgins: set to open his presidential campaign. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

President Michael D.Higgins: set to open his presidential campaign. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Politics became personal yesterday. Two prominent politicians, President Michael D Higgins and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, emerged from the day still standing - but with dents and scratches on the body work.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) shipped a huge amount of criticism for its decision to open an examination into the expenses of the presidential office. It occurred, effectively, in the throes of a presidential campaign.

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