Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 16 November 2023

Public Accounts Committee

Appropriation Accounts 2022
Vote 11 - Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform
Vote 12 - Superannuation and Retired Allowances
Vote 39 - Office of Government Procurement
Vote 43 - Office of the Government Chief Information Officer
2022 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
Chapter 5: Vote Accounting and Budget Management

9:30 am

Photo of Alan DillonAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

It is very apparent to Oireachtas Members that the role of the Department in issuing consent is taking far too long. The consultants it is retaining to perform this function are taking far too long. At the last hour, we are getting additional timelines and setbacks to delivery. Reform certainly is needed in this area. It is a year since the OPW finished its environmental submissions and met its obligation in that regard. We then had the Department seeking supplementary information. It is still unknown whether this has to go to a third public consultation, depending on the significant nature of the information that is being presented. How can we streamline the process and give assurance to the public and to the communities who desperately need these schemes?


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