Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Public Accounts Committee

2017 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 7 - Office of the Minister for Finance
Chapter 1 - Exchequer Financial Outturn for 2017
Chapter 22 - Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

9:00 am

Photo of Marc MacSharryMarc MacSharry (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I agree, but this is not new. None of us, the Chairman included, is bound to support or repeat the mistakes of the past, but it is reasonable that we would learn from them. I cannot imagine the Minister, Deputy Donohoe, saying to the Secretary General that he notes he has a proposal here for a committee of inspection, that he is sorry he is not agreeing to it and that the legislation was passed in the middle of the night in February 2013 or whenever. The Minister would take the Secretary General's arm off and say that it is a great amendment Bill, that they should do that and let the committee of inspection in there and give the people the oversight they require, and that he amendment would also put to bed two court cases where other third parties are looking to achieve effectively the same as the Committee of Public Accounts. Would Mr. Moran not recommend that to the Minister?


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