PAC ‘neither permitted nor prepared’ to deal with issues of grave public importance – McDonald
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has expressed her dismay and deep concern that the Public Accounts Committee has today refused to receive correspondence that it had explicitly requested from a senior civil servant and authorised officer. She said that this represented a failure in the responsibility of the PAC to address matters of grave public concern.
Speaking afterwards, Deputy McDonald said:
“Having invited a senior civil servant and authorised officer, to respond to evidence given by the Revenue Commissioner to the PAC on 4th of December last, the PAC today voted against receiving that very response.
“The decision of a majority of PAC members not to receive this correspondence represents a failure to act in the public interest.
“I have previously raised matters of public concern expressed by the senior civil servant and authorised officers.
“The Taoiseach has failed to act on these matters.
“It is clear again that the PAC is neither permitted nor prepared to deal with any of the issues at hand.
“So I call again on the Taoiseach to take action and ensure that the concerns raised by the senior civil servant and authorised officers are fully addressed.”