Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 28 March 2019
Public Accounts Committee
Business of Committee
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.