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PAC chair calls for criminal investigation into deaths at Portlaoise Hospital

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee is calling for a criminal investigation into what he called a cover-up of deaths at Portlaoise Hospital.

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PAC eyeing up government funding in advance of local elections

The Dáil's financial watchdog could insist on examining local authority funding from Government departments despite some fears any PAC interest could impact on local election results, this coming May.

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A refuge from accountability and a bulwark against transparency

Robert Watt, secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, made headlines last week when he appeared first before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and then the finance and public expenditure committee on the same day.

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Millions wasted ‘miscalculating’ rents, finds PAC report

In a damning report due next week, the Dáil’s financial watchdog will record that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has wasted millions of euro in taxpayers’ money by “miscalculating” rents.

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PAC should be a thorn in the side of powers that be

You can hear the calls already. It’s time to nobble the Public Accounts Committee.

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Kerins judgement could cost taxpayer 'millions of euro' in damages, warn public officials

Some of the country's top public officials have warned the Angela Kerins judgement could cost the taxpayer “millions of euro” in damages.

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Angela Kerins ruling could restrict PAC’s scope, warns expert

The Supreme Court judgment in the Angela Kerins case could lead to a serious restriction on the scope of Oireachtas committees, a top legal expert has warned.

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PAC told to ‘confine itself to issues within its remit’

The high-profile Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has come under fire from another committee for straying beyond its remit and inquiring into areas in the prison services.

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

The University of Limerick (UL) has been severely criticised by members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for misleading it over pension top-ups to former staff.

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Public Accounts Committee chair defends presidential spending probe

The chair of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has rejected criticism of its planned meeting today about spending by the office of the President.

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

Update 9.30am The cost of Michael D Higgins’ presidential term is set to be examined by an Oireachtas committee next week - despite being warned doing so may be "unconstitutional".

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Public Accounts Committee to examine cost of presidency despite integrity fears

The cost of Michael D Higgins’ presidential term is set to be examined by an Oireachtas committee next week despite fears that the investigation will damage the integrity of the presidential election.

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Publish PPP reports to allay suspicions

This week’s meeting of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee did little to lift the fog around the real cost of the public-private partnerships entrusted with developing much of our infrastructure, especially when the State tottered on the very edge of bankruptcy.

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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.

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Junior minister says Garda Commissioner 'may well have to resign'

A new junior minister says the Garda Commissioner 'may well have to resign'.

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Mary Lou McDonald denies questions aimed at Garda Commissioner were 'sexist'

Sinn Féin's Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has insisted that she treated Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan fairly during questioning at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

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LIVE: Garda Commissioner: I take issue with being described a hostile witness

Latest: The Garda Commissioner has told the Public Accounts Committee she cannot say who controlled an account at the centre of fraud allegations.

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PAC had right to ask about Angela Kerins salary, barrister tells High Court

The barrister representing the PAC members who questioned Angela Kerins in February 2014 has insisted they did have the power to ask about her salary.

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Michael Noonan's position 'untenable' if he refuses to appear before PAC: Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin has said Michael Noonan's position will become untenable if he refuses to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

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PAC focuses on purchase of lands for Limerick Greyhound Stadium

The Public Accounts Committee is today focusing on mismanagement of public money in relation to the purchase of lands for Limerick Greyhound Stadium.

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McGuinness: PAC to ask Varadkar for report on measures to tackle hospital waiting lists

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has said treating people in Irish hospitals as day patients has real benefits in terms of freeing up in-patient beds and reducing costs in overnight care and in waiting list numbers.

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Senior health execs 'may be allowed to keep top-ups'

Some senior executives in voluntary hospitals and health agencies may be allowed to keep their controversial top-up allowances.

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Angela Kerins will not attend PAC meeting, citing ill-health

Angela Kerins' solicitors tell the committee that she will NOT be attending the PAC tomorrow, citing ill-health.

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Accounts watchdog to refer letter containing Rehab allegations to Gardaí

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to contact the Gardaí over "serious allegations" made against people linked to Rehab.

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Garda whistleblower McCabe to appear in private at PAC

The Public Accounts Committee will today hear evidence from Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe about alleged corruption in the penalty points system.

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Garda Ombudsman to investigate penalty-points system

The Justice Minister is referring the allegations of alleged Garda corruption in the penalty points system to the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission.

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PAC chair McGuinness: Whistleblower's life destroyed; should that be the case?

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness has said the treatment of whistleblowers in Ireland is "disgusting".

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Whistleblowers actions 'disgusting', says Callinan

The actions of garda whistleblowers who produced information alleging widespread abuse of the penalty point system is "quite disgusting" the head of the force, Martin Callinan, has told the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

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Penalty-points evidence box 'very disturbing': PAC's McGuinness

A box of evidence alleging widespread abuse of the penalty point system contains "very disturbing" information, according to the chairman of the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) John McGuinness, who will hear evidence next week from the garda whistleblower who provided the dossier.

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Howlin: Make CRC board members face PAC - even if they refuse

Minister Brendan Howlin has said the Public Accounts Committee should compel any Central Remedial Clinic board members to appear and answer further questions from TDs and Senators - even if they refuse.

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Finlay would welcome Garda involvement after 'disgusting' CRC revelations

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay has said he would welcome Garda involvement, if that's what it took to get to the bottom of the latest CRC revelations.

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Prosecutor clarifies North's abortion law

The North’s leading prosecutor has addressed confusion surrounding controversial draft abortion guidelines by insisting it is not a crime to assist a woman going elsewhere in the UK for a termination.

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'Over 25,000' attend Pro-Life rally in Dublin

Over 25,000 people attended a rally organised by Pro-Life campaigners in central Dublin today, according to official Garda estimates.

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Detail from publicity material advertising today's Pro-Life 'Vigil 4 Life' rally in Merrion Square, Dublin.Source: Facebook

Protesters gather in Dublin for separate abortion rallies

Protesters for and against abortion were staging separate rallies in Dublin today as each side stepped up their campaigning.

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Expert group calls for abortion in certain circumstances

An expert group commissioned by the government has recommended that legislation allowing for abortion in certain circumstances be implemented.

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President calls for Savita investigation which 'meets the needs of the family'

President Michael D Higgins has today called for an investigation into the death of Savita Halappanavar which "meets the needs of the family", as well as the public and the State.

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Reilly: Savita inquiry will go on without husband

Health Minister James Reilly shas said that the HSE inquiry into Savita Halappanavar's death will proceed without her husband's co-operation.

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Savita husband refuses Taoiseach's request to talk to inquiry

Praveen Halappanavar has rebuffed the Taoiseach's plea for him to meet the chairman of the inquiry into his wife's death.

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Taoiseach urges Savita husband to talk to inquiry

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has appealed for the husband of Savita Halappanavar to meet the chairman of an inquiry into his wife’s death following a miscarriage.

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Savita widower calls for independent investigation

The husband of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar who died following a miscarriage has called for an independent public inquiry into her death.

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Review begins into Savita death

A high-level review into the death of pregnant Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar is to begin with interviews and the examination of medical records.

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Quinn issues warning to rebel backbench TDs before abortion vote

Labour Party backbenchers were warned today that they are obliged to support the Government's position on abortion law.

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UK professor to lead Savita death investigation

A UK-based professor will head a health service investigation into the death of a pregnant Indian dentist in Ireland as she miscarried.

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Health Minister denies Government split on abortion issue

Health Minister James Reilly has today insisted that there is no split within the coalition over pressure to legislate for abortion in the wake of Savita Halappanavar’s death.

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Taoiseach: Government will not be rushed into abortion legislation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that he will not be rushed into legislating on abortion following the death of Savita Halappanavar.

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Taoiseach's constituency set for anti-abortion rally

An anti-abortion rally is being held in the Taoiseach's constituency of Castlebar in Co Mayo this lunchtime.

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Government waits on abortion report

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said it will be October before the Government considers a range of reforms on abortion law.

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Mullen insists abortion conversation 'entirely courteous on my side'

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has described as ""inaccurate and misleading" reports on his recent conversation with a group of women who spoke to Oireachtas members on their experiences of travelling for abortion due to fatal foetal abnormalities.

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Dáil rejects abortion Bill

A Private Members’ Bill by TDs Clare Daly, Joan Collins and Mick Wallace to legislate on the controversial 'X Case' has been rejected today, by 109 votes to 20.

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ECHR rules against Ireland in abortion case

A woman who travelled out of Ireland to terminate a pregnancy while in remission from cancer had her human rights violated because of the country’s ban on abortion, European judges ruled today.

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Abortion laws under European court spotlight

Ireland’s abortion laws are in the human rights spotlight today in a landmark legal ruling which could overturn the country’s sovereign right to protect unconditionally “the life of the unborn”.

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Spanish protesters in call to suspend new abortion law

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Madrid today to ask the country’s highest court to suspend a new law allowing unrestricted abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

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Campaigner warns of return to 'backstreet abortions'

A woman who for years has helped Irish women seek terminations in the UK has warned that the credit crunch could bring about the return of "medieval" backstreet abortions.

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Irish women wait for ruling on abortion law challenge

The Irish Family Planning Association was accused of “scaremongering” today for supporting a legal challenge by three women opposing Ireland’s abortion laws.

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Nearly two-thirds of people in the North support abortion in certain circumstances, new research indicated today.

Majority in North support abortion in extreme cases

Nearly two-thirds of people in the North support abortion in certain circumstances, new research indicated today.

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Pregnancy agencies accused of giving biased advice

Unofficial pregnancy agencies are giving women with biased advice, a pro-choice group has alleged.

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New move to allow abortion in North

British members of parliament are to stage a fresh attempt to make it easier for women in the North to have an abortion.

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The North's main church leaders today wrote to all MPs at Westminster backing local politicians in their drive for the Assembly to decide abortion laws.

North's church leaders call for Stormont to decide abortion law

The North's main church leaders today wrote to all MPs at Westminster backing local politicians in their drive for the Assembly to decide abortion laws.

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'Not enough evidence' to change UK abortion law

The British government does not believe there is enough evidence to back changing the law on abortion, a health minister said today.

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Anti-abortion groups to hold meeting in Dublin

A "Rally for Life" will be held in Dublin’s city centre today.

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