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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We will put it on the work programme. I received another item yesterday which I will pass on to the secretariat shortly. It has arrived for me as Chairperson and I do not want to sit on it for the summer. It is a letter from the Irish Petrol Retailers Association regarding the Valuation Office and Valuation Tribunal. We had a discussion about the Valuation Office here on 27 June. The association states that more than 1,000 appeals are waiting to be heard and that service station members have no faith in receiving a fair decision on appeal. It states that the Valuation Office is refusing to release any data on the external audits carried out in 2017 and 2019 following freedom of information requests. I propose, with the committee's agreement, that this is circulated with normal correspondence. We will ask the Valuation Office and Valuation Tribunal for a response to the letter, which I received last night and do not want to sit on for the summer. We can deal with it straight away.