Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 2 December 2021
Public Accounts Committee
Business of Committee
We need to follow up on that. Do any other members wish to come in? No. As the Comptroller and Auditor General pointed out, there was a delay with the An Foras Teanga statements. As is the normal procedure, we will ask the committee secretariat to notify the Comptroller and Auditor General of our concerns regarding that. Can we agree to note the accounts and statements? Agreed. As usual, the listing of the accounts and financial statements will be published as part of our minutes.
Moving to correspondence, as previously agreed, items that were not flagged for discussion for this meeting will continue to be dealt with in the normal manner, in accordance with the proposed actions that have been circulated. Decisions taken by the committee in relation to correspondence are recorded in the minutes of the committee's meetings and published on the committee's web page.
Four items of correspondence have been flagged today in the category of correspondence from Accounting Officers and Ministers as a follow-up to previous meetings of this committee. The first is No. 900B from Mr. Séan Ó Foghlú, Secretary General of the Department of Education, dated 17 November 2021, providing information requested by the committee regarding the use of public funds by An Taisce. On foot of a proposal by Deputy Sean Sherlock, this is one of 11 responses to our requests for information in relation to the use of public funds by An Taisce. We have now received eight of the 11 responses. The eight responses account for €1.2 million, or 36% of the funding An Taisce received in 2019. Responses from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Fáilte Ireland are outstanding. They account for €2.18 million, or 64% of the funding. This item has been flagged by Deputy Matt Carthy. It is proposed that we note and publish the item and consider the responses together once we are in receipt of them all. Is Deputy Carthy online?