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

10:00 am

Photo of Robert DowdsRobert Dowds (Dublin Mid West, Labour) | Oireachtas source

I would like to put one more question to the Higher Education Authority. When its statement was being read out, it was clear that it has an oversight and regulatory role over a whole raft of institutions. It is probably not fair to generalise from one specific case; namely, the National College of Art and Design case. Does that put a question mark over whether the authority should continue in its current form? Would it be better if the authority were to be brought directly under the Department of Education and Skills, where there would be more immediate and direct observation of what it is doing?


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