Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent) | Oireachtas source

It is No. 1698. I welcome that we have a service level agreement finally, which was signed on 6 November 2018 between the Department and Galway 2020. I need a little advice on this from the Comptroller and Auditor General, and there are many questions which I will follow up on separately. I will not take up the committee's time on those as they are not relevant to this. However, I will ask various questions about an Irish language officer and a rebranding which resulted in Irish being diminished. I do not know whether the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General examined the service level agreement, but I have a specific question on monitoring. I say this in a positive manner and welcome the agreement. There is a proposal to have quarterly monitoring meetings, which is positive, but it is proposed that someone from the Department will be on the board of Galway 2020 and then that there will be monitoring of meetings by the Department. How does that work? Where does the loyalty lie for a departmental official on the board of Galway 2020, which is being monitored by the Department? Can the Comptroller and Auditor General tease that out?


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