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December 2000
01 December 2000
DIRT Inquiry 1 Dec 2000 Page 1 of 1
Chairman: The Committee of Public Accounts, sub-committee on certain revenue matters, is now in resumed public session. We will begin on issue A, dealing with the look back audit of the Revenue Commissioners. Sir David Fell and Mr. Don Price sworn in. Chairman: Before adjourning yesterday we asked Revenue if it could produce a calculation for us this morning on what the amount of penalties would have been if the Statute of Limitations did not apply. Was Mr. Quigley able to do that calculation? Mr. Quigley: Yes, we have made a calculation on the basis you requested, chairman. With your permission, I will hand in a piece of paper summarising the outcome. It 's based on no time limits, if you like, and the possibility of extrapolation which, of course, is not in accordance with the law. There is no basis in law for the assumptions we have made but, as requested by you, we have made the calculation. There are just three points in it. I will read these while the document is going around. They include the penalty of £3 million which was calculated in respect----- Chairman: Where is the document? The Members should get it first. Mr. Quigley: We haven't circulated it. Chairman: Proceed.
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November 2000
30 November 2000
DIRT Inquiry 30 Nov 2000 Page 1 of 1
We now move on to issue S. I welcome the Director of Public Prosecutions - you're very welcome, Mr. Hamilton - the Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners - you're welcome - and you're accompanied by the Revenue solicitor - you're very welcome. Issue S deals with the feasibility of establishing a special Revenue court to deal with the issue of Revenue prosecutions as they relate to the Office of the Revenue Commissioners within the perceived current administrative, legislative and procedural deficiencies. Also, the feasibility of producing, of introducing a Revenue prosecuting counsel. We've already received correspondence from the DPP on general in this area dated 13 July. And I suppose we've also had some reports from the Revenue on the question of the number of prosecutions in the period up to June of this year. Maybe I would ask the Director of Public Prosecutions if he'd like to make a brief opening statement. Mr. Hamilton: Thank you, Chairman. I don't really have a great deal to add, I think, to what I've given you in writing already. I suppose I'd really be wasting time to go through that again. Chairman: Maybe you'd summarise the main points.
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28 November 2000
DIRT Inquiry 28 Nov 2000 Page 1 of 1
This is a session to consider the progress made on the recommendations made in the DIRT report, published on 15 December 1999. We had one progress report meeting in June and this, as provided for in the report, is the second report meeting. I welcome the Attorney General, Mr. McDowell. Perhaps he will introduce his accompanying officials. Mr. McDowell: I am accompanied by the Director General of my office Finola Flanagan and Liam O'Daly, the Deputy Director General of the Attorney General's office. Chairman: You are welcome. I think this is Ms Flanagan's first time before the committee. We look forward to seeing her in her capacity as Accounting Officer before too long. Also present is Mr. Bob Curran, Second Secretary General from the Department of Finance. Perhaps you will introduce your officials. Mr. Curran: I have with me Mr. John Thompson and Mr. Finbarr Kelly. Mr. Thompson is Principal Officer on the Health Vote and he has also worked on this particular exercise. Mr. Kelly is on the Government accounting side. Chairman: This morning we are dealing first with issue R, the sub-committee's recommendation that a comparative study be undertaken by the Department of Finance and the Attorney General's office into parliamentary inquiries and tribunals of inquiry, in light of this inquiry, and to report back to the Oireachtas by 1 December 2000. You are three days early. Does the Attorney General wish to make an opening statement?
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02 November 2000
DIRT Inquiry Second Report Page 3 of 3
Section 904B (inserted by Section 68 of the Finance Act 2000) of he Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 requires the Revenue Commissioners to make a report, before 1 November 2000, to the Committee of Public Accounts of Dáil Éireann on the results of the look-back audits of financial institutions recommended by the Committee in the First Report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into DIRT.
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02 November 2000
DIRT Inquiry Second Report Page 2 of 3
DIRT Look-Back Audit Report Report to the Committee of Public Accounts of Dáil Éireann under Section 904B (inserted by Section 68 of the Finance Act 2000) of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997
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02 November 2000
DIRT Inquiry Second Report Page 1 of 3
SECTION 2 - Orders of Reference COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS 1. STANDING ORDER AND TERMS OF REFERENCE - FIRST REPORT OF THE STANDING SUB-COMMITTEE ON DÁIL REFORM ON ESTABLISHEMENT OF COMMITTEES IN THE 28th DÁIL Standing Order 149 "(1) There shall stand established, following the reassembly of the Dáil subsequent to a General Election, a Standing Committee, to be known as the Committee of Public Accounts, to examine and report to the Dáil upon: (a) the accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted by the Dáil to meet the public expenditure and such other accounts as they see fit, (not being accounts of persons included in the Second Schedule of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993) which are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General and presented to the Dáil, together with any reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon: Provided that in relation to accounts other than Appropriation Accounts, only accounts for a financial year beginning not earlier than 1 January 1994, shall be examined by the Committee: (b) the Comptroller and Auditor General's reports on his or her examinations of economy, efficiency, effectiveness evaluation systems, procedures and practices; and (c) other reports carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General under the Act.
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October 2000
27 October 2000
Abbeylara Interim Report Doc 3 of 3
Next | Federal Bureau of Investigation Washington DC, 20535-0001 June 29, 2000 Airmail Commissioner Pat Byrne Phoenix Park Dublin 8. Ireland. Dear Commissioner Byrne: The purpose of this communication is to report to you the findings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Shooting Incident Review Team (SIRT), which at your request, conducted an assessment of the GARDA tactical operation which resulted in the death of John Carthy on April 20, 2000.
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27 October 2000
Abbeylara Interim Report 2000-10-27 Doc 2 of 3
26.5. Public comment has been made as to the close proximity of the Garda negotiators' to Carthy's house. This investigation is satisfied that the front perimeter wall was the only location that afforded the Garda negotiator protection from the gunfire as discharged by Carthy.27. PROFESSIONAL ADVICE SOUGHT BY NEGOTIATOR.27.1. Between 8am and 8.30am on the morning of Thursday, 20th April, 2000 D/Sergeant Jackson phoned Mr. Colm Regan, Clinical Psychologist with the Department of Justice,
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27 October 2000
Abbeylara Interim Report Doc 1 of 3
Interim report of the Joint Commitee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights on the Garda investigation of the shooting of Mr. John Carthy at Abbeylara on 20th April, 2000 The Secretary General Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform 72/76 St. Stephen's Green Dublin 2. Re: Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the events at Toneymore, Abbeylara, Co. Longford on Wednesday / Thursday, 19th / 20th April, 2000 which resulted in the death of John Carthy, 27 years.
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July 2000
11 July 2000
DIRT Inquiry 11 July 2000 Page 1 of 1
Chairman: The Committee of Public Accounts, Sub-committee on Certain Revenue Matters, is now in resumed public session to give further consideration to the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on Investigations into the Administration of Deposit Interest Retention Tax during the period 1 January 1986 to 1 December 1998 and related matters. We will deal today with issue H, consideration of the report of the review group on auditing. I welcome the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Deputy Harney. I think this is a first and we look forward to hearing from the Tánaiste. Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Ms Harney): I used to be a member of this committee, Chairman. Chairman: You were a member of this committee? Deputy Harney: This is the first time I've appeared before it. Chairman: So you're well experienced which means we do not have to go easy on you. We normally are----- Deputy Harney: It was never as exciting in my day. Chairman: We also have with us Senator Joe O'Toole; the Secretary General of the Department, Mr. Paul Haran, Mr. Liam Murphy, principal officer at the Department of Finance, and Mr. Conor O'Mahony, assistant principal officer at the Department of Finance, who, together with the Tánaiste, will now be sworn.
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June 2000
20 June 2000
DIRT Inquiry 20 Jun 2000 Page 2 of 2
Chairman: The Committee of Public Accounts, Sub committee on Certain Revenue Matters, is in resumed public session. We now move on to section 7 of today's hearings. In this we are taking a look at the organisation of the Revenue Commissioners, including the laws governing the Revenue Commissioners and the resources available to the Revenue Commissioners. We have here the Secretary General for the public service in the Department of Finance, Mr. Considine, who has been with us earlier today. We have the Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners and the Accounting Officer, Mr. Quigley, and we have a number of representatives from the trade unions in the Revenue Commissioners. I welcome Mr. Seán Ó Ríordáin, General Secretary of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants you are welcome, Mr. Dan Murphy, General Secretary of the Public Service Executive Union you are welcome, and Mr. Peter McLoone, General Secretary, IMPACT you are welcome. Okay, will those three witnesses please stand so that we can swear you in? Take the bible in your left hand and raise your right hand. The following witnesses were sworn in by the Clerk to the Committee. Mr. S. Ó Ríordáin, General Secretary of Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants. Mr. D. Murphy, General Secretary of the Public Service Executive Union. Mr. P. McLoone, General Secretary of IMPACT.      
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