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#John McGuinness

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 16 January, 2014

'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.

NAMA to be called before Public Accounts Committee over leak allegations

Hearings are likely to take place with National Asset Management Agency and Department of Finance officials in the New Year.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 12 December, 2013

'No other option': PAC seeks to compel ex-CRC chief to appear before it Crc

'No other option': PAC seeks to compel ex-CRC chief to appear before it

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness expressed frustration at the slow process of compelling witnesses to appear before it.

PAC chairman: CRC execs should not resign until investigation complete Crc

PAC chairman: CRC execs should not resign until investigation complete

John McGuinness also says he has “no difficulty” dealing with the Bertie Ahern link with the Central Remedial Clinic.

# john-mcguinness - Friday 29 November, 2013

Public Accounts Committee chair calls for CRC to "come clean" on top-ups

It emerged yesterday that the Central Remedial Clinic used charitable money to top-up the salaries of senior staff.

Can abuse of salary top-ups be avoided? 'With great difficulty,' says Howlin

The Minister for Public Expenditure said individual agreements across different organisations complicates the process.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 28 November, 2013

Committee recommends review of law for punishing failed bankers

The Public Accounts Committee’s report also recommended a change in the codes of State bodies to hold officials accountable even after they have retired.

# john-mcguinness - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

HSE chief to face questions from TDs over 'top-ups' and health budget overrun

Tony O’Brien is likely to be grilled about the revelations last week that many health agencies and voluntary hospitals are not in compliance with public sector pay policy.

# john-mcguinness - Saturday 23 November, 2013

All Government departments expected to respond on top-up payments by start of December

The Dáil Public Accounts Committee has sent out letters asking whether official pay caps were breached elsewhere, following this week’s controversy at the HSE.

# john-mcguinness - Friday 22 November, 2013

Committee should be 'unhindered' in investigating garda whistleblower files

The Public Accounts Committee has been asked to hand back files it has received alleging abuse of the penalty points system.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 21 November, 2013

"'Because I'm worth it' culture is still alive and well': HSE to be grilled over top-up payments

The Public Accounts Committee is to scrutinise top-up payments to some CEOs in voluntary hospitals in the wake of controversy this week.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 26 September, 2013

Oireachtas committees fight for right to hold banking inquiry

The public accounts committee last year produced a framework for the inquiry and wants to stop the finance committee from taking control of the probe.

NAMA boss to be grilled about possible conflicts of interests among staff

NAMA CEO Brendan McDonagh will be quizzed about the agency’s annual report when he appears before the Public Accounts Committee this morning.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 13 June, 2013

'A farce': TDs at odds over claims government sought to undermine McGuinness PAC

'A farce': TDs at odds over claims government sought to undermine McGuinness

The Public Accounts Committee met for over three hours to discuss matters arising out of the controversy surrounding its chairman John McGuinness today.

McGuinness: 'What was accepted back then is not acceptable now... I accept that'

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has been answering questions on the ongoing controversy surrounding his views on whether the State should cover the cost of spouses travelling with ministers.

Oireachtas agenda: John McGuinness back in the hottest of hotseats

The former junior minister takes command at the Public Accounts Committee today – amid calls he should quit the job.

# john-mcguinness - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

McGuinness to step aside for questioning at Public Accounts Committee

Fianna Fáil’s former junior minister will open himself up to questioning from colleagues about his spending in office tomorrow.

# john-mcguinness - Tuesday 11 June, 2013

Martin suggests Fine Gael has 'a hand' in 'consistent targeting' of PAC chair

Micheál Martin defended his party colleague and chair of the Public Accounts Committee, John McGuinness, today.

Howlin: Paying travel costs for spouses 'not the pattern' of this government

The minister’s comments come after a suggestion by the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee that a case could be made for the State to foot the bill.

# john-mcguinness - Monday 10 June, 2013

FF leader stands by McGuinness as Kenny brands him 'damaging' to politics

Enda Kenny says it’s up to Fianna Fáil to decide on John McGuinness’s future – and Micheal Martin has offered full support. above reproach’.”

Video: Spending watchdog chair 'should resign' over spouse travel remarks Wags This post contains videos

Video: Spending watchdog chair 'should resign' over spouse travel remarks

Independent TD Finian McGrath says John McGuinness should resign as pressure mounts over the Public Accounts Committee chairman’s comments this morning.

Poll: Should the State cover travel costs of ministers' spouses? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the State cover travel costs of ministers' spouses?

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness says a case could be made for the taxpayer footing the bill. Do you agree?

PAC chair: State should pay for wives to join ministers on some foreign trips

A case can be made for the State to foot the bill for spouses to accompany ministers on some trade missions, the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has argued this morning.

# john-mcguinness - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill

With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by TheJournal.ie.

# john-mcguinness - Sunday 12 May, 2013

'Some bankers and civil servants don't want banking inquiry' - McGuinness

The government has been seeking to bring forward legislation to strengthen the Oireachtas’ ability to carry out inquiries into matters of public interest in the wake of the rejection of a referendum in 2011.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 21 March, 2013

HSE fails to submit €74 million worth of consultant claims

An Oireachtas report found that consultants were not signing off on claims and recommended that the HSE look at naming those holding up the collection of income.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 21 February, 2013

Revenue Commissioners to be questioned about financial statements

The Public Accounts Committee will be questioning the head of Revenue today.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Where were the 38 TDs who didn’t vote on the abortion bill?

A TV interview, planting a tree, “official business” and committee work in Mozambique are among the reasons for some TDs not voting on last night’s abortion bill.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Public Accounts Committee to examine HSE allowances

In considering the allowances, the committee will compare the Irish system of compensating medical staff with international systems.

# john-mcguinness - Thursday 1 November, 2012

Oireachtas committee to quiz Commissioner over Garda allowances

Martin Callinan will be asked about the 11 Garda allowances earmarked for withdrawal.

# john-mcguinness - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Review could see TDs recommend cuts to their own allowances

The Public Accounts Committee is to review allowances paid to ministers and others – and could ask for them to be cut.

# john-mcguinness - Monday 8 October, 2012

Dáil's public spending watchdog hauls bosses in over health overspend

The Public Accounts committee is going to question the heads of the HSE and the Department of Health about spending on drugs, overtime, and consultants.

# john-mcguinness - Tuesday 2 October, 2012

Phil Hogan booed by locals at Kilkenny's hurling homecoming

The environment minister was given the only jeers of the night as Kilkenny’s champions were welcomed to Nowlan Park.