Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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We are unlikely to learn anything from the matter at the committee. Rather, the information is likely to remain available only to the two contracting parties, according to legal advice I have sought. While the Government may well be given an indication of who is liable according to the terms of reference, nobody else will, and that is entirely unsatisfactory. Whether an identification could legally be made outside of those parameters is another matter. We all know the limits of the committee. There was a referendum on foot of the Abbeylara case. Let us not just merely examine the terms of reference but instead consider what they might or might not deliver. It is not the case that we are demanding a head on a plate. It is a question of where we can fit into the system a method of accountability. Unless we learn a lesson from the matter, we will repeat the mistakes of the past. Can we do what I have outlined, as well as obtaining a copy of the terms of reference?