The FAI may feel that Wednesday's Oireachtas Committee appearance was a victory, but the questions that remain will prove to be an own goal in time if they are not answered. Here are the issues that remain, despite the lengthy exchanges in Committee Room 4 of Leinster House, writes
Michael McGrath, the Fianna Fail's finance spokesman hit back at Mr Varadkar saying they were ill-judged and lacked the appropriate respect, given their support allowed the Taoiseach to remain in office.
The Constitution gives no immunity to parliamentary committees who unjustly attack the personal rights of a citizen as was done to former Rehab CEO Angela Kerins, her lawyer has told the Supreme Court.
John McGuinness has been nominated as chairman of the Finance Committee after being passed over for a position on Fianna Fáil’s front bench. The Kilkenny TD who was not selected as a party spokesman by leader Micheál Martin is now set to chair one of the most high-profile Oireachtas Committees.
There is a perception that the legislative process is disengaged from the people. To address this, and to have better law, many Oireachtas committees frequently invite members of the public, groups, and organisations to have a say early in the development of legislation.
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny’s Government was elected with a stronger mandate for reform than any of its predecessors and though no one expected anything much to change overnight the pace of change, or more accurately the lack of it, is becoming dispiriting.