Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board: Financial Statements 2015

9:00 am

Mr. Noel Merrick:

If the Deputy looks at the Comptroller and Auditor General's supplementary report, it talks about incomplete information being provided. Part of information gathering is that the information should be tested. There should be a very strict internal control and then that goes to the audit committee to be checked and the audit committee reports to the main board. The finance committee has done its work on the finances. I do not think the Comptroller and Auditor General has found any want in the actual finances, as distinct from the procurement procedures and all of these matters. As well as that, there is an internal audit unit, IAU. My best information is that the audit committee did ask the internal audit unit to test the procurement procedures back as far as 2016 or 2017, but the IAU had other needs at that stage and that did not happen. It is happening now.


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