The electorate may be asked to vote again to give more power to politicians to conduct formal inquiries if the planned Oireachtas inquiry into the ban(...)

Brendan Howlin: has a good record on reform but his proposal to empower Oireachtas committees of inquiry ran into unexpected opposition from former attorneys general. Photograph: Eric Luke

The general perception of a parliamentary inquiry has been coloured by the models in the United States and in Britain.Take the oversight committee in (...)

Financial regulator Matthew Elderfield says the system for tackling white-collar crime is not operating very well. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Financial regulator Matthew Elderfield has said the authorities in Ireland have not yet managed to tackle white-collar crime in a wholly sufficient or(...)

Public Accounts Committee  chairman John McGuinness: “Having an opinion is not in itself a sacking offence.” Photograph:   Brenda Fitzsimons

The Fine Gael group on the Public Accounts Committee has indicated it will not seek the removal of the committee’s chairman John McGuinness followin(...)

John McGuinness has been ’rigorous and challenging’ in his chairmanship of the PAC, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has contended that Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness is being deliberately targeted by political op(...)

John McGuinness: the Taoiseach  claimed the affair was “damaging” for  the  chairman of the  Public Accounts Committee

Taoiseach Enda Kenny weighed in against Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman and Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness for claiming a case can be made fo(...)

John McGuinness TD, chairman of the  Public Accounts Committee said family, personal and health reasons could require ministerial partners having their trips abroad funded by State. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has said the State should pay for spouses to join ministers on trips away in some cases. Fianna Fáil TD (...)

Justice Minister Alan Shatter speaking to the media at a press conference on the subject of allegations of improper cancellation of penalty points.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Allegations of widespread corruption in the Garda over the cancellation of thousands of penalty points for no apparent genuine reason have been(...)

A Goldman Sachs trader

The British Inland Revenue unlawfully agreed a deal with Goldman Sachs nearly three years ago which let bankers escape (...)

The head of the HSE has expressed concern over the fate of over €250 million in projected pay savings in the health service following the rejection of the Croke Park II agreement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The head of the HSE has expressed concern about the fate of over €250 million in projected pay savings in the health service following the reje(...)

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