Calling the PAC to account

Some politicians have been accused of using the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee as a springboard to making a name for themselves in the media, while those before it are being subjected to hard interrogation. Could it, and should it, be different?

17th February, 2019
Sean Fleming believes Leinster House authorities are trying to stymie the PAC

The Public Accounts Committee is the Dáil’s oldest and most powerful committee, established in 1923 to scrutinise the spending of taxpayers’ money and determine if the state is getting value for money.

Its investigation into the Dirt tax scandal in the late 1990s is considered the gold standard of parliamentary inquiries, recouping millions for the Revenue and leading to the prosecution of thousands of tax evaders. In recent years, its probes...

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