Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:30 am

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

We will look for that at the end of what is scheduled here. We will flag it up with those three Departments that two will be represented but the primary one will be agriculture, in the same way we did with housing.

That concludes consideration of the work programme. I confirm for the secretariat that Revenue will come in on 23 February in the same way we had the Department in today, in an assistance role, not as the primary witnesses.

We move on to No. 5, the Comptroller and Auditor General’s recently published section 2 report. Members will be aware the Comptroller and Auditor General published a report prepared in accordance with the provisions of section 2(7) of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993 and presented to the Dáil on 21 December relating to the unauthorised release of funds from the Central Fund of the Exchequer. The report details an occurrence whereby there was a failure of controls over the withdrawal of money from the Central Fund on 28 October 2022, when the Central Bank issued to the Minister for Finance €738 million more than the amount of credit available to him to fund the delivery of supply services. We could add that to the agenda for an engagement. There are a number of hoops that had to go through and it did not go through the crucial one. Will Mr. McCarthy comment on it?


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