Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Public Accounts Committee
Financial Statements of the Higher Education Authority 2013
General Report No. 85 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Accountability and Governance on the National College of Art and Design
Professor Declan McGonagle:
No, we would have identified the need. If the Deputy looks at the totality of the responsibilities of the management team, it is clear that at that time we had to redefine the college. A number of reviews were starting, including the McCarthy report that argued for an amalgamation of the college. We had on our agenda - the board, which was new in March 2009, and the subsequent new board in 2012 - a set of issues which were fundamentally about the continued existence of the college. That therefore became the focus for the management team and the board reporting to the board.