Think a lot of the promised enhanced powers for committees was contingent on us voting to abolish the Seanad!One of Fine Gael's election promises for 2011 was an enhanced role for the Public Accounts Committee. I've yet to see any indication that they have done anything about that undertaking.
releveant sections of the Fine Gael 2011 manifesto, doesn't really suggest giving much more power to PAC but giving PAC powers to all committeesOne of Fine Gael's election promises for 2011 was an enhanced role for the Public Accounts Committee. I've yet to see any indication that they have done anything about that undertaking.
http://michaelpidgeon.com/manifestos/docs/fg/Fine Gael GE 2011.pdfPublic Service Delivery Reports: Performance and progress will be published in new, audited annual Public Service Delivery Reports. Oireachtas Committees will expose failure to hit milestones and targets. In this sense, every Committee will take on new powers similar to those currently wielded by the Public Accounts Committee to hold Ministers and public servants to account for value for money in their relevant areas. This will then feed into the Oireachtas’ consideration of the next Budget.
More Accountable Agencies: Where appropriate, agency boards will be scrapped and agency managers will be accountable directly to Ministers on performance against targets as part of a new UK-style “executive agency” governance structure.
Opening up the Budget Process to More Scrutiny: Fine Gael will open up the Budget process to the full glare of public scrutiny in a way that restores confidence and stability by exposing and cutting failing programmes and pork barrel politics. Public bodies will be required to openly compete for budget resources by publishing their pre-budget spending requests, and what they would deliver in return for such allocations to help deliver the Programme for Government. Fine Gael will publish cost-benefit analyses for major infrastructure proposals and “tax expenditures” in advance of Government approval.
Office of Public Spending and Modernisation: Responsibility for public service modernisation (including the preparation of the annual spending estimates) will be vested in a new Office of Public Spending and Modernisation, which will also be responsible for expenditure management within the overall envelopes determined by the Minister for Finance, and will be represented by a Minister at Cabinet.
Open Competition for Resources: Public bodies will be required to openly compete for budget resources by publishing their pre-budget spending requests during the Estimates Process, together with the promised activities and outputs for the citizen.
Cut the number of public bodies, regulators and inspectorates by 145, ending the confusing and wasteful fragmentation in service delivery
bit of a silly premise for a story its still Irish Water even if charging is suspended