PAC Meeting | Nov 27, 2014
Chairman (Deputy John McGuinness): I will move to correspondence from Accounting Officers and Ministers ... There is correspondence, dated 26 November, from the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton. It is regarding correspondence received from the committee regarding a protected disclosure dossier. We agreed to write to the Minister last week and we are now scheduled to discuss with representatives of the Revenue Commissioners next week its investigation into the Ansbacher accounts. This is the issue that was raised in the protected disclosure. After this, the committee can review whether any further examination is required on its part. Our first port of call is with the Revenue Commissioners and we can decide from that point what is required next. Is that agreed? Agreed.
Deputy John Deasy: Who is coming in?
Clerk to the Committee: It is the Accounting Officer of the Revenue Commissioners.
Deputy John Deasy: Will there be somebody from the Department of Finance?
Chairman: We can ask.
Clerk to the Committee: We can ask if the Deputy wishes somebody from the Department to attend.
Deputy John Deasy: It might be useful. I do not know who drafted the regulations or legislation followed by the Revenue Commissioners at that time. Was it the Department of Finance?
Chairman: It might be useful to complete the investigation.
Deputy John Deasy: It might be useful to delve into the area of constraints under which the Revenue Commissioners operated.
Clerk to the Committee: One of the constraints would probably be the tax amnesty.
Deputy John Deasy: That is really what I am getting at.
Clerk to the Committee: That is fine. I can ask the Department to send somebody. It is not a problem.
Chairman: We can have somebody here to explain it. After we hear from the Revenue Commissioners, we can decide on our next step...