Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Public Accounts Committee
2017 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 13 - Office of Public Works
Chapter 6: Lease of Offices at Miesian Plaza
That would be useful. I am interested in knowing whether officials sign documents without reading them. This was not just, as Mr. Buckley said in his opening statement, one of the biggest lease deals ever done by the OPW. It was probably the biggest in the given year in all of Ireland. It is worth reading something before it is signed. I would not have the expertise of the big valuer firms but I know the difference between the two measurements and I know how they are done. Someone is responsible for this mistake. Some individual needed to have responsibility for making sure this was right. We have seen documentary evidence to prove to us this was advised from lower down to the top and was not acted on. What disciplinary process will follow?