Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail)
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We will send the letter to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, noting the serious concerns expressed. It is up to the Department to get a handle on the issue. The solution is not in the hands of individual ETBs. It is obviously a departmental issue. I will pass on the concerns that have been expressed. The Department must come up with a detailed plan to resolve the issue. To do our work, the committee and the Comptroller and Auditor General need to rely on the internal audit function, but there is a big gap in the system. It is just not on that an organisation with a turnover of €500 million has no internal audit function. I have made my point. We will ask for a detailed timetable.