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
There will be a further opportunity to come back in the afternoon. Before I call Deputy Cullinane, it would be helpful to the Committee of Public Accounts and the public at large to see the documentation Mr. Buckley has just referred to from various people in the organisation on the various aspects of this issue. What we really want to know about is governance. Somebody at a more senior level must have decided either to disagree with it, or perhaps it was an uncomfortable truth they did not want to deal with at the time. They may have said, "If it goes one way or the other way, it is the toss of a coin, and if it works out at a higher cost, so be it. It is still good value for money", which Mr. Buckley seems to say the whole thing is anyway. They might have thought perhaps it was not a big deal if they got it wrong as they still were getting a great deal anyway. It would be helpful for us to see why the process was not followed through. At what level did somebody say he or she saw all of that and heard what was being said but that they were not going there? Does Mr. Buckley understand what I am asking?