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    PAC/Angela Kerins

    PAC/Angela Kerins

    Yesterday at the High Court lawyers for former Rehab Chief Executive Angela Kerins claimed members of the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee had engaged in a “witch hunt” when she appeared before the committee last February.  They also claimed that she lost her job and suffered illness as a result.   Ms Kerins has filed a court action for arising from the committee’s investigation into the disability group. Earlier on Morning Ireland the Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness said the PAC will be robustly defending its position in the courts. Joining Sean was Tom Lyons of the Irish Times.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0722/632333-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-22-july-2014/?clipid=1634956
    Angela Kerins Retires

    Angela Kerins Retires

    It has been confirmed this morning that Angela Kerins, the Chief Executive of the Rehab group is to retire. The move comes after a difficult period for the group with Ms Kerins and her predecessor Frank Flannery both at the centre of controversies around executive pay levels and consultancy fees at the charity.  Joining Sean was Mary Lou McDonald, deputy leader of Sinn Fein and member of the Public Accounts Committee.

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    PAC and the Gardai

    PAC and the Gardai

    The Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan appeared yesterday at the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions surrounding allegations by two whistle blowers  retired Garda John Wilson and Sargeant Maurice McCabe around the alleged wiping of penalty points by 200 senior members of the force. The Garda Commissioner speaking at the Public Accounts Committee said that he found the allegations “quite disgusting”. Sergeant Maurice McCabe has been invited to give evidence to the committee next Thursday and Garda John Wilson has indicated he also wants to appear. However the Garda Commissioner has indicated that he may try to block such an appearance. ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0124/499868-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-24-january-2014/?clipid=1401716
    PAC

    PAC

    Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has appeared before the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee this morning. Members of the Committee were interested in the cancellation of fixed –penalty notices. Evidence already presented to the committee suggests that the Exchequer was at one point losing up to €100,000 a month due to notices having been cancelled in an inappropriate manner. Micheal Lehane of our political staff has been watching the Committee.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0123/499599-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-23-january-2014/?clipid=1400505
    Penalty Points

    Penalty Points

    The Dail Public Accounts Committee has been busy in recent weeks and this morning the fine tooth comb is out again probing allegations that penalty points were improperly cancelled by senior Garda officers.  The PAC is armed with information and boxes of files from two Garda whistleblowers , who claim that penalty points are routinely cancelled. Joining Sean was John Mooney, Crime Correspondent of the Sunday Times.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0123/499599-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-23-january-2014/?clipid=1400521
    PAC

    PAC

    The HSE has raised new concerns about the pension arrangements of Paul Kiely, the former Chief Executive of the Central Remedial Clinic. In a letter to the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee the HSE’s director general Tony O’Brien writes that ‘payments to Mr Kiely could not have been made by the CRC without funds received from the friends and supporters of the CRC’. Meanwhile Brian Conlan, Paul Kiely’s successor as CEO of the CRC, has been discussing salary top-up payments with the Dail Public Accounts Committee this morning Irish Times Industry correspondent Martin Wall has been following this morning’s proceedings.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0116/498202-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-16-january-2014/?clipid=1395653

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