Coughlan undermined spending watchdog, claims PAC

The all-party Dail Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has written to the Minister for Finance to complain about the behaviour of Tanaiste and enterprise minister Mary Coughlan over her handling of alleged financial irregularities at Fas, the state train

15th November, 2008

The all-party Dail Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has written to the Minister for Finance to complain about the behaviour of Tanaiste and enterprise minister Mary Coughlan over her handling of alleged financial irregularities at Fas, the state training agency. In a highly unusual move, the committee accused the Tanaiste of undermining the constitutional independence of the Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG), the state spending watchdog, and of also eroding the authority of the PAC....

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