The Taoiseach has "got it wrong" over Templemore: PAC chairman

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has hit back at the Taoiseach over his criticism of its report on the Garda Commissioner.

in a sign that divisions between the government and the committee are deepening over Noirin O’Sullivan’s delay in informing auditors about problems at Templemore, Sean Fleming said Leo Varadkar had "got it wrong" in his defence of Noirin O’Sullivan.

The Taoiseach had suggested the law gives the Commissioner discretion to decide when the auditor is informed.

Deputy Fleming has been telling Midlands 103 that this isn’t the case - and the law is actually quite clear.

"The C&AG has said that the accounting officer - which is the Garda Commissioner - should have informed him the minute she was aware of any irregularities in the finances in Templemore and it was a matter for the C&AG to decide if any further reaction was required."


Related Articles

University of Limerick criticised for 'misleading' PAC over pension top-ups

Public Accounts Committee chair defends presidential spending probe

Cost of Higgins' presidency to be examined by Oireachtas committee despite 'unconstitutional' warnings

Public Accounts Committee to examine cost of presidency despite integrity fears

More in this Section

Passengers evacuated from area in Dublin Airport after fire alarm goes off

Footballer Jay Donnelly’s appeal against indecent image sentence adjourned

'Excruciatingly embarrassing' Garda Commissioner press conference was too long, says former Garda

'Take a day off work or school' to see total eclipse of the Moon, says Astronomy Ireland founder


Lifestyle

What actually happens to your hair if you don’t wash it?

Ask an expert: Why should I read aloud to my children?

5 signs you need to quit caffeine

What to do if someone you’re with is having an asthma attack

More From The Irish Examiner