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:

Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to reveal what was in the McKenna report. The whistleblowing legislation is very strict with regard to revealing any details of the outcome of investigations. As the Comptroller and Auditor General has said, he cannot speak about it either. Suffice it to say that we carried out an independent investigation. The disclosure in this case came to my predecessor but proceedings were paused at the request of the person who initially made the complaint. It then came to me to be activated. As is the procedure, I appointed a group from the governing authority to look at the allegation. This group appointed Ms McKenna, a barrister, to carry out the investigation. Her report then came to hand. She made findings and each of these has either been implemented or is in the process of being implemented.