Seamus McCarthy was appointed as Comptroller and Auditor General on 28 May 2012. He previously served as Director of Audit in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General from 2008, with overall responsibility for the Office’s reporting programme and for Revenue, Social Protection and third level education audits. Between 1994 and 2008, he served as Deputy Director of Audit in the Reporting Directorate. He joined the Office from the Department of Finance where he worked from 1981 to 1994 carrying out economic and demographic analysis and policy and programme evaluation work.
He holds a Master in Science (Public Sector Analysis) degree awarded by Trinity College, Dublin, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics and political science from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
As Comptroller and Auditor General, he is an ex officio member of the Standards in Public Office Commission.