6 Feb 2019, 15.50

Accounts from the Department of the Taoiseach; the Office of the Attorney General & others will also examined

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will meet tomorrow to discuss the following Appropriation Accounts:

• Appropriation Accounts 2017 Vote 1 - President’s Establishment
Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach

• Appropriation Accounts 2017 Vote 2 - Department of the Taoiseach
Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach

• Appropriation Accounts 2017 Vote 3 - Office of the Attorney General
Representatives from the Office of the Attorney General

• Appropriation Accounts 2017 Vote 5 - Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Representatives from Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

• Appropriation Accounts 2017 Vote 6 - Office of the Chief State Solicitor
Representatives from Office of the Chief State Solicitor

PAC Chairman, Seán Fleming TD, said, “Tomorrow’s meeting of the PAC will be attended by the Offices which come under the aegis of the Department of the Taoiseach. The Offices of the Attorney General; the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Chief State Solicitor - all dealing with legal matters - have not been before the Public Accounts Committee for some time. These are Offices of significance, which the Committee wishes to engage with on a more regular basis.”

“In September, the Committee examined costs and spending by the Office of the President. Issues were raised by this Committee at that time about an unaudited annual allowance of €317,000. Áras an Uachtaráin then published a document called ‘The Presidency in review, 2011-2018’, which gave more detail on costs and spending. “

“The Committee will want to discuss expenditure under the President’s Establishment, along with the 2017 accounts and will be interested to hear what measures have been put in place to provide more insight into spending by Áras an Uachtaráin.”

The meeting will start at 9am in Committee Room 3, Leinster House.

Committee proceedings can be viewed live here

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