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Attack on Public Accounts Committee is unacceptable – David Cullinane TD

15 March, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Minister Noonan and the Taoiseach’s  attack on the Public Accounts Committee shows the contempt Fine Gael has for standards in public office, said Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane today.

Deputy Cullinane, who is a member of the Public Accounts Committee, said:

“It seems Minister Noonan and the Taoiseach are joining NAMA in attempting to undermine the work of Public Accounts Committee, which is wholly unacceptable.

“The PAC did its work fairly, independently and diligently.

“We examined thousands of pages of documents and held dozens of meetings.

“Our report is balanced and fair.

“In recent times, we have witnessed an unprecedented attack on the constitutional office of the C&AG.

“It seems the motivations of the PAC are now being called into question. This is unacceptable.

“Political leadership loses its value when it fails to reflect standards of justice and accountability, when it becomes detached from the lives of citizens they are meant to serve.

“It is important that we have high standards, accountability and transparency in decision making in state and public bodies. 

“I and Mary Lou McDonald, along with other members of the PAC, will not be deterred from our work.

“It is crucial that the PAC is allowed to do its work and report on its deliberations.

“We will continue to put questions without fear or favour.”

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