Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
Chapter 3 - Central Government Funding of Local Authorities

9:30 am

Photo of Verona MurphyVerona Murphy (Wexford, Independent)
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I am asking Mr. Doyle about his view as the Secretary General in advising the Minister. Every Secretary General who has appeared before the Committee of Public Accounts is, in some shape or form, responsible. I am not asking if the Minister has accepted his view but I am asking is if he has a view as the person in the position which he holds? Mr. Doyle said he had regard, a high regard I would imagine, for standards in public office and yet we see this being totally disregarded by the Minister. I believe that this affects Mr. Doyle's integrity, to be honest. If Mr. Doyle comes in here, I cannot take him seriously. I cannot take him seriously if he is not prepared to give me an answer to the question. Mr. Doyle is the Secretary General.