Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Public Accounts Committee

2017 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 1 - President's Establishment
Vote 2 - Department of the Taoiseach

9:00 am

Photo of Bobby AylwardBobby Aylward (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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The reason I am asking the question is it was controversial at the time. It was raised during the presidential election and we were all being told that it should not be debated in the Houses because of the sensitivity of the issue and so on. Now that the election is over and we have a new President in place, I am keen to know about the funding of €317,000 and accountability for it per annum. As it accumulates, it will come to big money over five, six or seven years, or whatever the term is. Why is the figure not included? It is not explained. Perhaps Mr. Fraser might add something to explain to the public the sum of €317,000. What explanation do we have for it? I simply wish to appease minds among the general public.