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

Ms Mary Harney:

Can I just say, with respect, nobody more than I would like to see the report published. The governing authority commissioned the report. I think I can speak for the entire governing authority when I say that we are frustrated that we have not been able to publish it. The legal advice available to the president and the university is that the report first had to be circulated to those adversely affected by its findings and they had to be given time. Then the legal challenge came. As chair of the governing authority, I cannot expose the university to financial risk by ignoring our legal advice. The committee has its own powers, as the Chair knows. It has powers we do not have. It is a matter for the committee to decide on those powers. It has powers that we do not have.