Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:30 am

Mr. Seamus McCarthy:

I am very interested in the responses that are coming through on this. There obviously has to be a proportionality in the amount of oversight activity that one undertakes in respect of a small grant. Perhaps in this situation, where each of the funders would know that there is a big funder out there, which is the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage or the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, there may be an extent to which they are placing reliance on the bigger funder to do more checking. Formalising that or obtaining some kind of letter of assurance might be an appropriate thing to do. I want to see the further explanations that we get and how the whole thing meshes together and then I will consider whether I will inquire into it further and maybe even report on it.