Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail)
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This has been a very hard-working committee for the last year or two. We have gone through every chapter in the Comptroller and Auditor General's report for last year. The only chapter that has been held over relates to the Courts Service. We had to postpone it because we brought forward the HSE the other day. Only one chapter is left. We are up to date with every special report the Comptroller and Auditor General has issued, with the exception of a small report on education capital projects. We will deal with capital projects. We have gone through Votes systematically. Last year, we picked out groups that had not been brought in before. We brought in the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General. The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission is in today. It was never in before. The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General had never been in before. We brought in the Office of the President and the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. We have done a very comprehensive trawl of all the big Departments. The only non-departmental agencies with big spending issues are bodies like IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Transport Infrastructure Ireland. They were here less than a year ago. We can put them on the list. They would be the biggies among the bodies that are spending large amounts of money. It is important to let An Bord Pleanála and every other public body know that it is liable to be brought in here at some stage if there is a case for doing so.