Taoiseach: Justice Minister has requested penalty points files from PAC

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that the Justice Minister is asking the Public Accounts Committee to turn over any documentation they have about penalty points complaints to the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission.

The Taoiseach has questioned if the Public Accounts Committee have a role in investigating the governance matters in the penalty points controversy.

Mr Kenny also told the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams that he will not interfere with the Public Accounts Committee, but that private information should not be bandied about either.

He claimed the mandate of the PAC is limited to value for money of taxpayers.

The Taoiseach said: "Of course, the Public Accounts Committee has to do with value for money as distinct from governance.

"Value for money, that's its remit.

"I don’t think it's good practice that, for instance, information that's given in private session at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee should be bandied about in the national media, or that comments might be made, that could be in any way construed to straying out of the remit of the Public Accounts Committee."

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