Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee (Resumed)

9:30 am

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

It is no problem. Category B is correspondence from Accounting Officers and Ministers in following up to the Committee of Public Accounts. No items of correspondence have been flagged under this category but I mention No. 804 from Dundalk Institute of Technology, dated 24 September, and No. 809 from Údarás na Gaeltachta, dated 28 September 2021. Both responses arise from consideration of the accounts and statements at the meeting of 22 June and provide explanations relating to matters in the accounts that the Comptroller and Auditor General drew attention to and for which we requested explanations. In accordance with the proposed actions, we will note and publish those items of correspondence. Does any member wish to comment on these? No. 809, from Údarás na Gaeltachta, relates to a building. There is an explanation set out in the letter for the difficulties with that project. Are members happy with that? We will note and publish those items if so.

Next for consideration is category C, which is correspondence from private individuals and any other correspondence. The first, No. 811, has been dealt with. That is the only item in the category.

No. 4 on the agenda is the work programme for the coming period. Next week we are scheduled to engage with the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications and examine the 2020 accounts, including up-to-date expenditure on the national broadband plan. On 21 October we will engage with Tusla regarding its 2020 financial statements. The Dáil is not scheduled to sit the following week, between 25 October and 29 October/ That will bring us to 4 November, when we plan to engage with RTÉ arising from its receipt of Exchequer funding, which is now the responsibility of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. That is how matters stand.

Separately, it has been proposed that we also engage with: the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media; the Department of Transport; the Department of Social Protection; the Department of Health; and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. We had some discussion about this previously but are people happy enough with the work programme? Is it agreed? Agreed.

That concludes our consideration of the work programme. Do members wish to raise any other business?


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