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#John McGuinness

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 19 June, 2014

'Ignoring' the system gives speeders an 86% chance of avoiding punishment

John O’Brien, the former head of the Garda Traffic Corps, told the PAC that GSOC failed to act on foot of a report he carried out on the penalty points system in 2008.

# john-mcguinness - Saturday 14 June, 2014

'Should I go in and sit on my hands?': PAC chair defends call for health bosses to quit PAC

'Should I go in and sit on my hands?': PAC chair defends call for health bosses to quit

John McGuinness said it wasn’t an attempt to grab headlines.

# john-mcguinness - Friday 13 June, 2014

'Publicity seeking' McGuinness criticised by his own committee over resignation call

John McGuinness’s call for two senior health officials to resign during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee yesterday has been criticised by some of his colleagues.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 12 June, 2014

PAC Chair says HSE is 'not fit for purpose'

John McGuinness called on the HSE’s Director General and the Secretary General of the Department of Health to resign.

# john-mcguinness - Sunday 25 May, 2014

John McGuinness: I'll consider leadership bid if FF direction doesn't change

The PAC Chairman said he would consider challenging Micheál Martin’s leadership if action’s not taken to address Fianna Fáil’s direction.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 22 May, 2014

Taoiseach reveals €191,000 in severance payments to former Fianna Fail ministers

Enda Kenny said that four ministers are in receipt of payments despite a pledge not to draw them.

# john-mcguinness - Friday 16 May, 2014

'This isn't anything personal': PAC denies accusation of bias against Angela Kerins

Solicitors for the former Rehab boss had accused the Public Accounts Committee of being biased against her.

# john-mcguinness - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Two weeks' notice: PAC WILL compel Kerins and Flannery to appear if they don't get answers

If they don’t cooperate and hand over all required information, the Committee will compel the former Rehab CEOs to appear in person.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 10 April, 2014

PAC want more answers from Rehab and today they hope to get them

John McGuinness said the last time answers had to be “dragged” out of Rehab – today they want answers on public money and the group’s governance.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 3 April, 2014

RSVP: Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery yet to confirm attendance at PAC next week

The committee is due to hold further hearings on Rehab next Thursday.

Up to €50,000 was spent on maintaining Garda station recording equipment every year

Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee has agreed to seek all relevant information about the procurement of recording equipment by both the gardaí and the Irish Prison Service.

Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery are 'absolutely expected' to attend PAC next week

The Public Accounts Committee has discussed the latest developments at the Rehab Group, including the retirement of its CEO Angela Kerins, this morning.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 27 March, 2014

The PAC wants information on the systems gardaí used to record phone calls

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has said the committee is likely to seek information from the gardaí and the Department of Justice on the systems used to record calls in and out of garda stations.

# john-mcguinness - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

"The arrogance of the Minister for Justice will be his downfall": Calls for Minister Shatter to quit

Several TDs have said that the Minister’s position is now untenable.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 13 March, 2014

PAC refers serious allegations about Rehab to gardaí

At a meeting this morning, the committee noted that it has received a letter from the solicitors acting on behalf of the developer John Kelly.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 6 March, 2014

Angela Kerins was ‘short on the full detail’, PAC wants more info from Rehab

Meanwhile, the Tánaiste called on former Rehab CEO Frank Flannery to appear before the Public Accounts Committee.

# john-mcguinness - Friday 28 February, 2014

'Kerins should disclose salaries of executives sooner rather than later' says PAC chairman

The PAC said it could be Tuesday before they have legal clarity on whether they can publish salary figures.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 27 February, 2014

TD claims garda was warned last whistleblower was “now washing cars in Navan”

John McGuinness says a female garda was warned off pursuing a claim of sexual harassment within the force.

Lawyers warn TDs: Don't ask Angela Kerins about her salary, ok?

TDs aren’t happy about the warning.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 13 February, 2014

The PAC's next target? How political parties spend €12m of taxpayers' money

The Dáil’s public spending watchdog has been asked by Lucinda Creighton to examine how political parties spend public money.

PAC will ask another Dáil committee if it can release the garda whistleblower transcript

“There is nothing in this transcript that’s going to change the world or blow our minds,” the Public Accounts Committee heard this morning.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 6 February, 2014

Ex-DDDA boss to explain "significant expenses" in Lillie's Bordello & elsewhere

Thousands of euro in expenses on food, drink and entertainment were racked up by the Docklands agency during the mid-2000s.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 30 January, 2014

PAC will keep audio of garda whistleblower hearing – but no transcript

Member of the Public Accounts Committee queried what record will be kept of their private meeting with a serving Garda sergeant later today.

# john-mcguinness - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

PAC may hold rare vote as government TDs say penalty points inquiry should be stopped

Justice Minister Alan Shatter asked the Garda Ombudsman to investigate the penalty points controversy last night in light of recent developments.

We'll find out later today if a serving garda sergeant will appear before the PAC

But Maurice McCabe’s possible appearance before members of the Public Accounts Committee could yet end-up in the courts.

# john-mcguinness - Monday 27 January, 2014

'We cannot do all the work': PAC's growing prominence leads to tensions among members

An ambulance chaser or an indispensable public spending watchdog? The Public Accounts Committee’s work and role is coming under increasing scrutiny from its own members.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 23 January, 2014

'The facts as I know them': 11 things we learned from Martin Callinan's evidence to the PAC

The Garda Commissioner spent five hours giving evidence to TDs on the Public Accounts Committee today. Here’s what he told them…

'Maximum disclosure' expected in new report into CRC legacy issues PAC

'Maximum disclosure' expected in new report into CRC legacy issues

A deadline of 31 March has been set for the completion of the report, after which staff will face another grilling by the Public Accounts Committee.

Callinan: Whistleblowers’ penalty points allegations are ‘quite disgusting’

The Garda Commissioner has said he will take legal advice over the appearance of two garda whistleblowers before the PAC over the penalty points controversy.

Garda Commissioner to face tough questioning on penalty points

An Oireachtas committee is attempting to get to the bottom of how and why some motorists had penalty points cancelled.

# john-mcguinness - Friday 17 January, 2014

'Please don't pass the bucket': CRC parent in tearful plea Crc

'Please don't pass the bucket': CRC parent in tearful plea

“You feel disgusted and saddened, but not just for yourself and your child, you feel for the staff of the CRC, they’re so amazing, they work so hard.”

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 16 January, 2014

‘A twisted web’: Credit cards, foreign trips and 5 other things we learned from the CRC hearings Crc

‘A twisted web’: Credit cards, foreign trips and 5 other things we learned from the CRC hearings

The Public Accounts Committee has uncovered new details about payments and other expenditure at the Central Remedial Clinic.

‘Did it come from the taxpayer?’: PAC chief slams Hogan’s officials over Irish Water funding

A suggestion that the exchequer is not funding Irish Water drew criticism from the Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness last night.

# john-mcguinness - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Former CRC chief’s retirement package may be more than previously disclosed Exclusive

The Public Accounts Committee will hear further details about the top-up scandal at the Central Remedial Clinic tomorrow morning.

# john-mcguinness - Monday 13 January, 2014

John McGuinness: Missing bank guarantee documents need to be found

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee said he is “appalled” by the news that documents related to the bank guarantee have gone missing in the Department of Finance.

# john-mcguinness - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

McGuinness: We have to dig much deeper in relation to St Vincent’s

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee said he found the manner in which the information was released into the public domain by the hospital “shocking”.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 19 December, 2013

PAC Chairman releases St Vincent's Hospital documents related to senior staff payments

The correspondence from Noel Whelan, Chairman of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group states to the PAC that they believe they are “compliant” with the health sector pay policy.

NAMA to attend Public Accounts Committee tomorrow over leak allegations

Committee members have expressed concern about the possibility that the allegations that have been raised in recent days would not be dealt with in some way before Christmas and New Year.

St Vincent's top-up stance is "not good enough" says PAC chairman HSE

St Vincent's top-up stance is "not good enough" says PAC chairman

John McGuinness says that regardless of where funding comes from, the hospital should disclose how much top staff are paid will restore confidence in the sector.

# john-mcguinness - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Public Accounts Committee to examine penalty points furore

The committee will use whistleblower information as starting point for probe of how penalty points are cancelled.