Thursday, 14 January 2016
Order of Business
Tacaím leis an méid atá ráite ag an Seanadóir Ó Dálaigh maidir le cás Louise O'Keeffe agus leis an leasú atá molta aige. I second Senator Daly’s proposal for a debate on the issues arising from the Louise O’Keeffe ruling. Some Senators have welcomed the appointment of David Begg to the Pensions Authority. I am not raising an issue about an individual but I am concerned about the method by which the appointment was made. This Government promised us transparency and a new way of doing business. That the chair of the Pensions Authority has been appointed and the Public Appointments Service, PAS, has been circumvented in the dying days of the Government, worries me. I hope the Leader will assure us that we will not see a raft of cronies appointed by Ministers to State boards etc. in the dying days of this Government because they promised us this would not happen. It does not send out a very good signal that the Tánaiste has done this. I do not see why it could not have been done through the PAS.