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Wednesday 22 August 2018

PAC turns up heat on former dockland boss

THE chairman of the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said it is essential the former Dublin docklands chief Niamh Brennan answers questions from TDs on decisions taken under her leadership.

Ms Brennan is refusing to appear in front of PAC due to fears that the committee's work has become "unfairly and inappropriately adversarial and personalised".

She was appointed chairperson of the scandal-hit Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) in 2009 following the collapse of the deal involving the €412m Irish Glass bottle site.

Attempts to haul Ms Brennan in front of the PAC have so far failed following claims by the UCD professor that she has been subject to "inappropriate and personal attacks" from other DDDA officials during previous hearings.

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"The combination of personal attacks, factually incorrect evidence provided to the committee and threats made in the event that I appear before the committee heighten my concerns that the committee's proceedings have become unfairly and inappropriately adversarial and personalised [in regard to some witnesses]," Ms Brennan said.

PAC chairman John McGuinness said he will vigorously pursue Ms Brennan's attendance.

"The final witness to be invited to come before us is Niamh Brennan and I will be making every effort to ensure she can come and give evidence because it's important to put her perspective to the committee as we've had all others," he said.

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