The Government's nomination of Kevin Cardiff to the European Court of Auditors is being questioned by a former Chief Accountant of the European Commission.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, MEP Marta Andreasen, who represents UKIP, said Mr Cardiff's nomination should be withdrawn.

Mr Cardiff, the outgoing head of the Department of Finance, was called before the Public Accounts Committee last week to explain why the national debt had been overstated by €3.6bn.

It emerged that the department was alerted to the error on up to four occasions by the National Treasury Management Agency but failed take any action.