Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle: “That was a decision that the Public Accounts Committee made itself and it is empowered to make these decisions”.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was “treading on embers” when it decided to investigate spending in Áras an Uachtaráin in the run-up to the presid(...)

A laptop in Stormont shows a live feed of DUP leader Arlene Foster giving evidence to the RHI inquiry on the “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two years ago, following days of political fever, a tiny group of journalists was called hurriedly to Martin McGuinness’s office in Stormont. There th(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris: to consider the establishment of an ex-gratia compensatory scheme.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has agreed to set up an independent statutory tribunal to deal with claims arising from the CervicalCheck controversy. Ms Justice Mary(...)

In today’s world, the health of a democracy can be measured by the extent that administrative transparency operates in public life. Traditional forms (...)

A total of 117,000 children are being transported to school daily  but an estimated 35 per cent of seats on school buses are empty, the Public Accounts Committee heard.

A “damning” investigation of the €190 million publicly-funded school transport scheme has found there are about 50,000 spare seats on buses that are n(...)

The State’s school transport service is heavily subsidised, with only 8 per cent of the cost recouped from fare-paying pupils in 2015.

The rising cost of the State’s school transport scheme may not be sustainable and needs to be urgently reviewed, according to internal Government docu(...)

EIB president Werner Hoyer: “If we cannot stop this trend towards the return of protectionism…we are going to live in a much less comfortable continent and world very soon.”

The European Investment Bank president has warned that “If we cannot stop this trend towards the return of protectionism…we are going to live in a muc(...)

Public Accounts Committee chairman Seán Fleming said the State was missing out on significant additional resources because of the amount of tax that remained under appeal. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Three large corporation tax bills, worth more than €100 million each, have yet to be collected by Revenue because of a backlog of appeals at the Tax A(...)

UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald has led changes to promote transparency in university spending. Photograph: Alan Place

University of Limerick has insisted taxpayers’ money will not be used to fund moving two executives from a subsidiary company to its own State-funded (...)

Cerberus bought the loans, collectively called Project Eagle and worth around £4 billion, at a discount in April 2014 from Nama. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New figures show that the US vulture fund that bought State assets agency Nama’s Northern Ireland property loans in a controversial deal had collected(...)

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