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  • Special Report 99 - Public Sector Financial Reporting for 2015 - Press Release Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 07 November 2017

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  • Special Report 98 - Provision of School Transport - Press Release Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 25 October 2017

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  • Special Report 94 - National Asset Management Agencys sale of Project Eagle Press Release Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 14 September 2016

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the National Asset Management Agency's sale of Project Eagle. The report reviews the financial outcome of the loan sale and examines the basis of NAMA's decision to sell the loans of its Northern Ireland debtors. The report also examines the Project Eagle loan sale process and NAMA's management of conflicts of interest.

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  • Special Report 93 - Annualised Hours in the Irish Prison Service Press Release

    Published on 02 August 2016

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the annualised hours system in the Irish Prison Service. The report examines the impact of the annualised hours system on the total hours required to operate the prison service, , on overall costs and on individual prison officer's pay, as well as the impact on levels of sick leave. In addition, the report reviews the Prison Service's ratio of prison officers to prisoners relative to a number of other states.

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  • Special Report 83. Managing Elective Day Surgery Press Release

    Published on 19 August 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the management of elective day surgery by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The report examines day surgery rates, in the context of targets set by the HSE, and the trends in day surgery activity since 2006. The report also reviews current practices in Irish hospitals in respect of day surgery in order to identify opportunities for improvement, to establish the current level of performance monitoring and to identify the barriers to increasing day surgery rates.

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  • Special Report 78: Matters Arising out of Education Audits Press Release

    Published on 05 June 2012

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of matters arising out of audits in the education sector. The scope of the examination included aspects of resource management in third level institutions and activities conducted through campus companies and foundations in those institutions. The report also includes certain matters relating to remuneration and accountability that are principally a follow up to matters reported in special report 75 issued in September 2010.

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  • Special Report 77 – Dublin Docklands Development Authority - Press Release

    Published on 31 May 2012

    The Comptroller and Auditor General was appointed auditor of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (the Authority) beginning with the financial year 2010. The audit report on the Authority's financial statements for that year was issued on 7 November 2011. In addition, the Comptroller and Auditor General prepared a special report on the Authority, to give a fuller account of the overall financial status and administration of the Authority, the management of its investment in the Irish Glass Bottle site and how its planning function is being administered

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  • Special Report 76: National Asset Management Agency – Acquisition of Bank Assets Press Release

    Published on 02 November 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the Acquisition of Bank Assets by the National Asset Management Agency. The purpose of this initial report is to give an early account of the structures, systems and procedures put in place by NAMA to implement its functions. The report also sets out the outturn of the first loan acquisitions and the arrangements for governing and resourcing the agency.

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  • Special Report 74: Education Sector Press Release

    Published on 03 December 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of payments from the Strategic Innovation Fund, the arrangements to monitor attendance in primary and post-primary schools, the causes of an overrun on a capital development project at Cork Institute of Technology, the operation of an early retirement scheme by FETAC, certain remuneration and expenses in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the current status of the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme and related matters.

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  • Special Report 72: Financial Regulator Press Release

    Published on 22 March 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General, John Buckley, has published a report on the Financial Regulator's response to the Financial Market Crisis. The report outlines the measures taken or proposed by the Financial Regulator in order to respond to the shortcomings in financial regulation that came to light as the recent financial crisis unfolded. It also outlines the findings of recent EU and international reports that examined the operation of financial regulation.

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  • Special Report 75: Irish Universities – Resource Management and Performance Press Release

    Published on 17 September 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of Resource Management and Performance in the seven Irish universities under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills. The examination evaluated the amount and nature of funding provided to universities and assessed the relationships between auditors of universities. It also considered how technologies and management information are used to improve outputs and the arrangements for reviewing the quality of outputs. The remuneration practices, including payment of allowances and other benefits, were reviewed along with the management of external work at two universities and the custom of awarding added years in calculating pension entitlements of university employees was also outlined.

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  • Report on the Accounts of the Public Services 2009 Press Release

    Published on 15 September 2010

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  • Special Report 67: The Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools, the Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technolog

    Published on 29 July 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out examinations of three areas of responsibility of the Department of Education and Science - the Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools, Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technology and The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. The examination of the Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools considered the value delivered by the resources expended on the scheme, equivalent to the cost of 37 hours per annum for each teacher employed by the Department. The examination of the Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technology focussed on the systems and procedures in place in Institutes of Technology for the management of staff to ensure that the terms of their employment contracts are adhered to and that the services paid for are delivered. The examination of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse focussed on the timeliness and cost of its investigations.         

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  • Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General 2008 Press Release

    Published on 11 September 2009

  • Special Report 65: Water Services and Affordable Housing Delivery Press Release

    Published on 24 July 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out examinations of two areas of responsibility of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government - Water Services and Affordable Housing Delivery. The examination of Water Services considered the extent to which the investment provided by the State has resulted in the quality of drinking water in Ireland meeting the minimum standards of fitness for human consumption as set out in national and EU legislation. The examination of Affordable Housing Delivery reviewed overall target achievement under the Affordable Housing Initiative and the contribution of the Affordable Homes Partnership to the initiative. It also considered the problems arising in the provision of affordable housing in changing economic conditions.    

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  • Special Report 61: Ballymun Regeneration Press Release

    Published on 03 March 2008

    In 1997, the Government approved a proposal to address social and economic deprivation in the Ballymun area of Dublin. A Masterplan for the regeneration programme was developed in 1998. The examination reviews how the programme has developed in terms of time, cost and delivery. It also examines economic and social renewal progress and the challenges that remain to the successful completion of the regeneration programme.

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  • Special Report 73: Internal Control and Governance in FÁS Press Release

    Published on 28 January 2010

    FÁS operates under the aegis of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and has functions in relation to the training of persons with disabilities and the unemployed, the upskilling of the employed and the administration of apprenticeships. This examination involved a review of internal control, governance and related matters in FÁS over the period 2002 to 2008. It focused on transactions carried out at FÁS Head Office and governance arrangements for the organisation. It also reviewed the management of the Competency Development Programme and the administration of foreign travel and business expenses. The report identifies a number of areas where improvements could be made to the systems, practices and procedures employed by FÁS.

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  • Special Report 71: Driver Testing in the Road Safety Authority Press Release

    Published on 05 February 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the Driver Testing Service administered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The examination evaluated the adequacy of RSA's contract development and management procedures in respect of its contracts for outsourced tests. It also evaluated the overall efficiency of the Driver Testing Service and the systems put in place by the RSA to manage organisational performance and to facilitate oversight by the Department of Transport.

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  • Special Report 70: Emergency Departments Press Release

    Published on 12 February 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of emergency departments. The report on the examination was submitted to the Minister for Health and Children on 19 November 2009. Under the provisions of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993, the Minister is required to present the report to Dáil Éireann within three months of the date on which the report was submitted to her

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  • Special Report 69: Managing Sickness Absence in the Civil Service Press Release

    Published on 22 October 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the management of sickness absence in the Civil Service. The examination looked at the scale of sickness absence in Civil Service departments, the nature of this absence and its distribution amongst staff. It calculated the financial impact of sickness absence on departments. It reviewed the arrangements that departments have in place to manage, monitor and control absence due to sickness. It also looked at the extent to which measures and initiatives have been adopted to promote wellbeing and attendance.

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  • Special Report 68: Central Government Pensions Press Release

    Published on 22 October 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of public service pensions. The results of the examination provided an estimate of the accrued public service pensions liability in respect of public service staff, pension cash flow projections over the next 50 years and the cost of providing superannuation benefits for the various categories of public service employees in terms of their payroll costs. The examination also looked at the administrative, funding and accounting arrangements for pensions of public servants.

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  • Special Report 66 – Advertising and Promotion in FÁS Press Release

    Published on 10 September 2009

    FÁS operates under the aegis of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and has functions in relation to the training of persons with disabilities and the unemployed, the upskilling of the employed and the administration of apprenticeships. This examination looked at advertising and promotional expenditure by FÁS in the period 2002-2008. It examined the budgetary control over advertising and promotional expenditure, the general strategy under which it was spent and the extent to which its effectiveness was evaluated. The examination also reviewed the procurement of advertising and related services

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  • Special Report 90 Management of a Cross-Border Broadband Initiative : the Bytel Project Press Release

    Published on 03 March 2015

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has completed a special report on the management of a cross-border broadband initiative (the Bytel Project). This report examines the role of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in the management of the project. The report is the result of a co-ordinated examination between the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General and the Northern Ireland Audit Office.

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  • Press release - correction to Comptroller and Auditor General's evidence to the PAC Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 11 May 2017

    Press release - Correction to Comptroller and Auditor General’s evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on 11 May 2017

  • Special Report 97 - Administration and Collection of Motor Tax- Press Release Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 27 March 2017

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  • Special Report 96 - Cost of Child Abuse Inquiry and Redress- Press Release Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 09 March 2017

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  • Special Report 92 - Strategic Planning for Flood Risk Management (Press Release)

    Published on 05 April 2016

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the management of flood risk in Ireland. The report examines OPW's management of the national catchment flood risk assessment and management (CFRAM) programme and governance and project management arrangements in place. In addition, the report reviews Ireland's progress in meeting the requirements of the EU Floods Directive, which set deadlines for the production and submission by member states of flood hazard maps, flood risk maps and flood risk management plans

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  • Special Report 91 - Management of Severance Payments in Public Sector Bodies - Press Release

    Published on 05 April 2016

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  • Special Report 89 Internal Internal Control in County Cork Vocational Education Committee Adobe Press Release

    Published on 29 April 2015

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of certain matters pertaining to internal control in County Cork Vocational Educational Committee (now dissolved in accordance with the Education and Training Boards Act, 2013, but with functions transferred to Cork Education and Training Board. The report examines the operation of Macroom Youthreach centre, approval of property leases and a number of other issues.

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  • Special Report 88 Restructuring the Administration of Student Grants Press Release

    Published on 15 April 2015

    Restructuring the Administration of Student Grants

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  • Special Report 84 Transhipment of Waste Press Release

    Published on 05 November 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the implementation and enforcement of the European Waste Shipment Regulation in Ireland. The report sets out the administrative arrangements in Ireland in respect of waste transhipment and examines the enforcement regime aimed at detecting infringements and penalising offenders. The report also reviews the financial consequences of waste which originated in Ireland being illegally dumped in Northern Ireland.

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  • Special Report 86 Development of Limerick Greyhound Stadium Press Release

    Published on 22 October 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of Bord na gCon's development of Limerick greyhound racing stadium. The report examines the acquisition of land for the project and the construction of the new stadium. It also examines Bord na gCon's compliance with its governance procedures and with those developed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the appraisal and management of capital projects. In addition, it examines the business case for the project and reviews the results of the project to date

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  • Special Report 87 Effectiveness of Audit Committees in State Bodies Press Release

    Published on 21 October 2014

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  • Special Report 82. Financial Management and Reporting for Fishery Harbour Centres Press Release

    Published on 08 July 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the financial management and reporting for fishery harbour centres. The examination reviews matters encountered during financial audit, including, delays in the preparation of the annual accounts and billing of income, debt collection and safeguarding of assets.

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  • Special Report 81: National Asset Management Agency - Progress Report 2010 - 2012 Press Release

    Published on 20 May 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the extent to which the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has made progress in achieving its overall objectives. The report on the findings of the review has been presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas today, 20 May 2014.

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  • Special Report 80: Administration of the National Health and Local Authority Levy Fund Press Release

    Published on 29 April 2013

    Over the period 1998 to 2009, money was allocated by a number of public bodies for social partnership initiatives involving health sector and local authority sector staff. A bank account entitled the SIPTU National Health and Local Authority Levy Fund Account (the Fund) was set up to hold the money provided. The Fund was administered by a senior official of SIPTU. Because of public concern about the operation of the Fund, the Comptroller and Auditor General undertook an inspection of all the available accounts and financial records relating to the Fund, in accordance with section 5 (1) (b) of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993. The report examines the payment of public money to the Fund, and the extent to which adequate accounting and reporting arrangements were put in place by the public bodies that provided the funding. It also examines how the money in the Fund was managed and used. It includes recommendations designed to improve the control over and accountability for State grants.

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  • Special Report 79: National Asset Management Agency – Management of Loans Press Release

    Published on 24 May 2012

    The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General has today published a special report on the National Asset Management Agency.  The special report was completed by the former Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr John Buckley, prior to his retirement in February 2012.The report reviews the extent to which the loan acquisition process has been completed and the profile of the collateral underlying the loans. It also looks at how NAMA manages its relationships with borrowers

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  • Annual Report 2007 Press Release Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 22 September 2008

  • Press Release – Stolen Laptops Update

    Published on 11 August 2008

  • Press Release – Stolen Laptops

    Published on 01 August 2008

    Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General Press Release – Stolen Laptops

  • Special Report: Accountability of North/South Bodies 1999-2007 Press Release

    Published on 02 July 2008

    The Comptrollers and Auditors General have prepared a joint report on matters arising in relation to their audit of North/South Bodies.

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  • Special Report 62: National Museum of Ireland Press Release

    Published on 13 March 2008

    This special report reviews the National Museum of Ireland's (NMI) management of the national collection of some 4 million heritage objects, particularly in relation to the documentation of the collections and accessibility to them by the public and researchers. It also examines the arrangements for strategy setting and risk management.

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  • Special Report Number 60: The Valuation Office Press Release

    Published on 22 February 2008

    The Valuation Office provides a property valuation service to ratepayers and rating authorities. It also provides a non-statutory property valuation service to government departments and public bodies. Legislation enacted in 2001 assigned it the responsibility for revaluing all commercial and industrial property in the State. The Comptroller and Auditor General's report on the Valuation Office examines ; the arrangements for the provision of valuation services to rating authorities and public bodies ; the progress in implementation of the revaluation programme ; how overall performance is managed.

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  • Special Report Number 59: Management Information Systems in the Institute of Technology Sector Press Release

    Published on 18 December 2007

    The Comptroller and Auditor General's report on the implementation of management information systems in the Institutes of Technology examines how well the management of procurement of systems and related contracting was handled; how well the implementation project was effected; whether the project objectives have been achieved and the extent of user satisfaction with the implemented systems.

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  • Press Release Special Report Number 8: National Educational Welfare Board – Lapses in Internal Control

    Published on 14 November 2007

    The National Educational Welfare Board was established in 2002. It has a statutory function to ensure that every child either attends a school or otherwise receives an education. In June 2003, the Board took over responsibility for its payments processing from the Department of Education and Science. The operation of internal controls in the National Educational Welfare Board during the period 2003-2005 was reviewed following the discovery by the Board of control failures in respect of information technology procurement.

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  • Press Release:- Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts 2006

    Published on 25 September 2007

  • Comptroller and Auditor General Annual Report 2005 Press Release

    Published on 27 September 2006

  • VFM Report 54: Educational Disadvantage Initiatives in the Primary Sector Press Release

    Published on 05 September 2006

    Educational disadvantage arises where there are impediments to education arising from social or economic disadvantage which prevent pupils from deriving appropriate benefit from education in schools. In the school year 2003/2004, €61.8m was made available under four main initiatives to address educational disadvantage. The Comptroller and Auditor General carried out an examination that reviewed the targeting of additional resources, identified the interventions currently in operation citing opportunities for better practice and examined the arrangements in place for evaluating the effectiveness of the initiatives

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  • Press Release: Revised Practice Note on "Audit of Central Government Financial Statements in the Republic of Ireland"

    Published on 31 July 2006

    The Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr John Purcell, today welcomed the publication by the Auditing Practices Board (APB) of a revised Practice Note [PN10(I) (Revised) “Audit of Central Government Financial Statements in the Republic of Ireland”] providing guidance on the conduct of central government audits in accordance with international auditing standards.

  • VFM Report 53: Rent Supplements Press Release

    Published on 22 May 2006

    Rent supplements are paid to persons living in private rented accommodation who have difficulty in meeting their rent payments. Most recipients of rent supplement depend on welfare payments as their main source of income. Annual expenditure on rent supplements increased from around €150 million in 2000 to around €369 million in 2005. The Comptroller and Auditor General carried out an examination that identified the factors that gave rise to the rapid increase in expenditure, reviewed how well the scheme is managed and considered its future direction.

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