The board of the national children’s hospital has invited members of the Public Accounts Committee to visit the construction site.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

The board of the national children’s hospital has turned down a request to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) next month. Members of t(...)

 The Department of Health’s controversial move to new offices in Miesian Plaza  resulted in “ineffective expenditure”. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy / The Irish Times

The Department of Health’s controversial move to new offices resulted in “ineffective expenditure” and “overpayments” of €21 million, the Dáil’s Publi(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan must address a chilling and costly system which is tipped against the media. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

The right to be informed of issues of legitimate public interest has been validated over the past week or so in the outcomes of two sets of court proc(...)

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, finally appeared before the Public Accounts Committee and the Finance Committee on Thursday.

A tug of war between Oireachtas committees around who should grill one of the most senior civil servants in the country has been playing out behind th(...)

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure has faced sustained questioning about why his department only became involved in dealing(...)

Members of activist group Extinction Rebellion Ireland carry a ‘coffin for humanity’ through Dublin city centre. Photograph:   Tom Honan

A few hundred protesters braved Sunday’s wind and rain to take to the streets of Dublin and mark World Wildlife Day by holding a solemn funeral proces(...)

Chairwoman  of the Climate Action Committee Hildegarde Naughton TD and  Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Substantial progress has been made by an Oireachtas all-party committee on agreeing major steps to decarbonise Ireland and to implement the recommenda(...)

PAC member Catherine Connolly:  “These payments are going directly to the private market that’s unsustainable, where rents are going up and up and up. Rents are absolutely unsustainable.”

More than 80,000 households would be “out on the streets” if Government took the “populist” decision to get rid of the Housing Assistance Payment (Hap(...)

Angela Kerins: was subjected to prolonged questioning about her salary,  pay and  conditions

The Supreme Court decision in the Angela Kerins case has brought into focus a fault line that has been evident in parliamentary inquiries since the Dá(...)

In a significant judgment on Wednesday, the Supreme Court found that it would not be a breach of the separation of powers to declare the actions of the PAC unlawful in light of the fact that the committee was acting outside its remit and that the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges had already come to the same view.

On February 27th 2014, Angela Kerins, then chief executive of Rehab, appeared voluntarily before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Rehab was a priv(...)

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