Special Reports - Value for Money

Value for Money Reports record the results of examinations into (a) the economy and efficiency with which State bodies acquire, use and dispose of resources (b) the systems, procedures and practices employed by State bodies for evaluation the effectiveness of their operations
  • Special Report 102 - National Asset Management Agency Second Progress Report Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 26 July 2018

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the progress that the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has made towards achieving its overall objectives as at end 2016, as required under the NAMA Act 2009. The report reviews the finalisation of the loan acquisition process and the impact of the liquidation of IBRC on NAMA. It also reviews NAMA's financial performance as well as its progress towards meeting its debt redemption targets and obtaining the best achievable financial return. In addition, the report looks at the arrangements put in place by NAMA to manage debtors, the disposal of loans and underlying collateral, and NAMA’s achievements in relation to residential and commercial property development.

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  • Special Report 101 - Financial Management Maturity Model: A Good Practice Guide Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 11 July 2018

    Good financial management is essential for the effective running of an organisation. A review of the capacity, or maturity, of an organisation’s financial management is aided by the use of a framework or model against which to assess the practices of the organisation. This report presents a financial management maturity model developed by the Comptroller and Auditor General. The model is primarily for use by public sector bodies to self-assess their financial management practices. Supporting documentation below includes the model, an overview of the model and a summary of how the model can be used.

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  • Special Report 100 - Public Sector Financial Reporting for 2016 Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 11 July 2018

    For the 2016 year of account, the Comptroller and Auditor General was responsible for the audit of the financial statements of 287 public bodies and funds with an aggregate turnover of €218 billion. The production of audited financial statements for those bodies and the timely presentation of those financial statements to the Oireachtas is a fundamental part of public accountability and effective oversight. This report reviews the timeliness of public sector financial reporting for periods ending in 2016 and identifies those bodies where delays have occurred. It also summarises the issues brought to attention in the Comptroller and Auditor General’s audit reports on financial statements for 2016.

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

    Published on 07 November 2017

    The production of audited financial statements by public sector bodies and the timely presentation of those financial statements to the Oireachtas ensure public accountability and effective oversight. The Comptroller and Auditor has carried out a review of public sector financial reporting focusing mainly on financial statements for periods ending in 2015. The report reviews the timeliness of public sector financial reporting and identifies those bodies where delays have occurred. It also summarises the issues brought to attention in the Comptroller and Auditor General’s audit reports on financial statements for 2015.

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

    Published on 25 October 2017

    The Department of Education and Skills (the Department) funds the provision of transport services to and from primary and post primary schools for children who live some distance from their nearest school. The Department engages Bus Éireann to deliver school transport services on its behalf. The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the service and reports on whether the Department can demonstrate that it is achieving value for money through its arrangements with Bus Éireann to deliver the service and whether adequate oversight is in place.

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

    Published on 27 March 2017

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has prepared a special report on an examination of the administration and collection of motor tax. The examination was carried out in cooperation between the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Local Government Audit Service. The examination reviewed motor tax receipts, the cost of collecting motor tax and controls in place.

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

    Published on 09 March 2017

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the cost of the child abuse inquiry and redress. The work of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse and of the Redress Board is largely complete. Costs to the end of 2015 of the child abuse inquiry and redress are an estimated €1.5 billion. Both the cost to the State and the time required to bring the process to a conclusion have hugely exceeded original estimates.

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

    Published on 09 March 2017

    The Comptroller and Auditor General’s special report on the cost of the child abuse inquiry and redress was been presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas on 9 March 2017.

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    Published on 09 March 2017

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  • Special Report 95 - Financial Reporting in the Public Sector - Summary Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 04 July 2017

  • Special Report 95 - Financial Reporting in the Public Sector Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 21 February 2017

    The audit of the financial statements of public bodies and the presentation of those financial statements to the Oireachtas are fundamental in ensuring that there is effective accountability for the use of public funds. This report reviews the timeliness of public sector financial reporting, including the timeliness of presentation of audited financial statements to the Oireachtas. It identifies those bodies where delays in reporting have occurred, and the causes of those delays. The report deals primarily with financial statements for periods ending in 2014. For the 2014 year of account, the Comptroller and Auditor General was responsible for the audit of the annual financial statements of almost 300 public bodies and funds in the central government sector with an aggregate turnover of just over €193 billion.

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  • Special Report 94 - National Asset Management Agency's sale of Project Eagle 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 Adobe PDF format document

    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 93 - Annualised Hours in the Irish Prison Service (Summary) Adobe PDF format document

    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.

  • Special Report 92 - Strategic Planning for Flood Risk Management Adobe PDF format document

    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 Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 04 April 2016

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the management of severance payments in public sector bodies. The report examines the operation of a number of public sector schemes which include provision for a severance payment at the end of a period of employment. It also examines a number of high-value discretionary severance payments made outside of formal severance schemes.

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  • Special Report 90 Management of a Cross-Border Broadband Initiative : the Bytel Project Adobe PDF format document

    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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  • Special Report 89 Internal Internal Control in County Cork Vocational Education Committee Adobe PDF format document

    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 Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 15 April 2015

    Restructuring the Administration of Student Grants

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  • Special Report 87 Effectiveness of Audit Committees in State Bodies Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 21 October 2014

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the effectiveness of audit committees in State bodies. The report examines the operation of audit committees in a sample of non-commercial State bodies and assesses the level of their compliance with guidelines issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The report also compares the current requirements for State bodies in Ireland with good practice principles, and considers the extent to which good practice is being applied in the selected State bodies

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  • Special Report 86 Development of Limerick Greyhound Stadium Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 30 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

  • Special Report No. 85 Accountability and Governance at the National College of Art and Design

    Published on 19 January 2015

    Special Report No. 85 Accountability and Governance at the National College of Art and Design The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of accounting and governance at the National College of Art and Design. The report examines timeliness in the preparation of financial statements, procurement practices, assessment of the adequacy of its statement on internal control and the role undertaken by its audit committee. The report also reviews the oversight exercised by the Higher Education Authority in respect of the National College of Art and Design.

  • Special Report 84 Transhipment of Waste Adobe PDF format document

    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 83 Managing Elective Day Surgery Adobe PDF format document

    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 82 Financial Management and Reporting for Fishery Harbour Centres Adobe PDF format document

    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 82. Financial Management and Reporting for Fishery Harbour Centres Report Summary Adobe PDF format document

    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.

  • Special Report 81 National Asset Management Agency - Progress Report 2010 - 2012 Adobe PDF format document

    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, as required under the NAMA Act 2009. The report reviews the outcome of the loan acquisition process and its contribution to removing uncertainty regarding property-related loans held by participating banks. It also reviews NAMA's financial performance as well as its progress towards meeting its debt redemption targets and obtaining the best achievable financial return. In addition, the report looks at the arrangements that NAMA has in place for administering the loans and managing debtors and the steps that it taken to protect and enhance the value of assets acquired and the underlying collateral.

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  • Special Report 80: Administration of National Health and Local Authority Levy Fund Adobe PDF format document

    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 Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 24 May 2012

    The Comptroller and Auditor General reviewed the extent to which the loan acquisition process has been completed by the National Asset Management Agency and the profile of the collateral underlying the loans it has acquired. The report also looks at how NAMA manages its relationships with borrowers following acquisition of the loans and at the results of its initial debt management activities.

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  • Special Report 78: Matters Arising out of Education Audits Adobe PDF format document

    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 Adobe PDF format document

    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 Adobe PDF format document

    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 75; Irish Universities – Resource Management and Performance Adobe PDF format document

    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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  • Special Report 74: Education Sector Adobe PDF format document

    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 73: Internal Control and Governance in FÁS Adobe PDF format document

    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 72: Financial Regulator Adobe PDF format document

    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 71: Driver Testing in the Road Safety Authority Adobe PDF format document

    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 Adobe PDF format document

    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 Adobe PDF format document

    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 Adobe PDF format document

    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 67: The Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools, the Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technolog Adobe PDF format document

    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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  • Special Report 66 – Advertising and Promotion in FÁS Adobe PDF format document

    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 65: Water Services and Affordable Housing Delivery Adobe PDF format document

    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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  • VFM Report 64: Drug Addiction Treatment & Rehabilitation Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 05 June 2009

    Drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation services are provided through a wide range of publicly-funded agencies in a variety of settings including drug treatment clinics, under the supervision of community GP's and pharmacists and in prisons. This examination looked at all the main publicly-funded treatment and rehabilitation services provided for persons with addiction to illegal drugs. It looked at the extent to which the demand for treatment and rehabilitation services is met and the timeliness of access to treatment. It also looked at the extent to which the effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation services are evaluated, and the effectiveness of the arrangements for coordination of treatment and rehabilitation at an individual case level, and nationally.

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  • Special Report 63: Tribunals of Inquiry Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 12 February 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of Tribunals of Inquiry. The examination reviewed the timescale, cost and efficiency of three major tribunals that are nearing completion. The tribunals examined were the Mahon, Morris and Moriarty Tribunals.

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  • Special Report 62: National Museum of Ireland Adobe PDF format document

    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 61: Ballymun Regeneration Adobe PDF format document

    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 Number 60: The Valuation Office Adobe PDF format document

    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 Adobe PDF format document

    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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  • Special Report Number 58: eGovernment Adobe PDF format document

    Published on 07 January 2008

    The term eGovernment refers to the provision of public services using information and communications technology (ICT), particularly the internet. On-line service delivery enables members of the public to do business with providers of public services at any time. It also presents service providers themselves with opportunities to increase efficiency by streamlining their business processes. Two Government action plans, launched in 1999 and 2002, set out a series of actions and initiatives designed to exploit the potential benefits of eGovernment. This examination was undertaken to establish the extent to which government departments and agencies are providing information and services on-line and are using internet-based technology to improve their efficiency. Ireland's performance compared to other countries was examined. The development of the on-line Public Services Broker by Reach (a unit of the Department of Social and Family Affairs) was also examined

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