Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Committee is bravely holding authority to account

While disagreeing with Sinn Fein on the above issue, we must admit that we have been increasingly impressed by the party's Michaela Boyle, the forthright chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

She, and indeed the whole committee, is performing a signal service to the public of Northern Ireland by holding government departments and agencies to account over their use of public funding and pointing out potential waste of money or failure to adhere to proper procedures.

In the absence of a viable opposition at Stormont, the work of the PAC is ultimately invaluable and is a sign of healthy local democracy. It is not afraid to flex its muscles or – as this week with its report into arts capital spending – to make its views known in unequivocal terms.

This is one part of the local administration which is making a real impact.

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