Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
University of Limerick Financial Report 2020

9:30 am

Photo of Paul McAuliffePaul McAuliffe (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail)
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I thank the witnesses for being here today. I want to return to the issue of the site purchase for the city campus, and particularly the events of 5 April, when there was a governing authority meeting.

I will preface my comments by saying that I differ slightly from some of the previous members in that I would be concerned, as a member of the Committee on Public Accounts, if, despite legal advice not to publish the KPMG report, the university went ahead and did so and, as a result, the State or the university incurred significant costs. I would like to say that. However, I echo the absolute concern raised by all the members here, as well as, I can imagine, by the members of the governing authority, who do not feel that they can see sight of that KPMG report. I will return to that in a moment.

In essence, the KPMG report is a University of Limerick document. It was commissioned by the University of Limerick. It has no statutory basis. It is essentially a report that from the university and that was commissioned to KPMG for the university. Would that be correct?