Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has been appointed as the party’s representative on the Public Accounts Committee. The Committee plays an important and significant role in ensuring that transparency and accountability are maintained in the manner in which government departments offices, and designated public bodies spend and manage their finances. Speaking following John’s appointment to the Public Accounts Committee, the Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald commented:
“John brings decades of relevant experience to the Public Accounts Committee and has earned a reputation both as a Councillor and TD as a public representative who will fearlessly hold public officials to account. Throughout his public life John has been a champion of the public interest and has always put the interests of the people first.”
The Bray based TD said:
“I want to thank the party for my appointment to this important role. It is always an honour and a privilege to represent the people of Wicklow in any capacity. But, in the economic current environment where ordinary families and workers are suffering under the increases in the cost of living, which has reached unprecedented levels, it has arguably never been more important to ensure that spending by government departments is kept accountable. Members of the public need to know that interests are being represented and that every effort is being made to ensure that their tax payments are being utilised to the best effect for our society at large.
I look forward to the time ahead to working for the best interests of both the people of Wicklow, and members of the public across the state. I am very conscious of the privilege offered to me to represent the public interest.
The structure, and the workings of the Public Accounts Committee allows members to call in witnesses to account for expenditure and to ensure that the public are receiving value for money.
Public accountability and transparency are at the heart of good government. And I intend to continue as I have throughout my time in public life to act in the interests of those I represent – ordinary families and workers. The very people worst affected by the poor decision making and policies of a government that has shown it cares little for the welfare of the general public.