Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

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

On that point, let us take the case of Galway. This is very much factual. It is another problem about which nothing was done, but the hospital was good in that it put the capacity of the hospital on the risk register. Then let us turn to the universities, not just NUI Maynooth. Knowledge was mentioned. I believe knowledge should be acquired through questioning. I disagree slightly with just the way Deputy Catherine Murphy put it. I believe that the universities should inculcate a questioning environment, which we seem to be losing, and that knowledge should be acquired in that manner as opposed to knowledge for knowledge's sake and for a profit. However, that is a policy matter. I was in Waterford on Monday leis an gcoiste Ghaeilge agus bhí mé in Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Phort Láirge. It brought back to me a lot of the matters and issues we looked at here. Does the risk register not assume a lot more importance now that the universities are more and more in the business of setting up companies with a view to making a profit? Is that not a whole new aspect of the risk register now, with public moneys and public buildings being used in that manner?


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