Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent) | Oireachtas source

David and Goliath does not capture what we are trying to do and the burden we are putting all the time on the staff and indeed on ourselves. It has taken hours even to read a little bit for today, and then we are waylaid into something else. There is the issue of Bord na gCon and the Department of Education and Skills, and I definitely agree with Deputy Cassells that we need a separate session. We struggled to try to make this open and accountable and it certainly did not happen. If a freedom of information request is trumping a constitutional committee, we are in serious trouble. It has serious implications for all the other work on our desk. I asked from the very beginning about staff, and the Chairman was very supportive of the staff, but this is a big issue. If this is the committee to which the public is looking to try to bring some measure of accountability, we cannot continue like this. It is not possible. I for one cannot continue like this. That is a bit of an exaggeration, but it has taken a huge amount of work for all the Deputies-----


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