Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
Chapter 3 - Central Government Funding of Local Authorities

9:30 am

Photo of Jennifer Carroll MacNeillJennifer Carroll MacNeill (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)
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We have been doing this for a really long time and one of key measures of the Department is about effecting delivery. As Secretary General, Mr. Doyle has the largest housing budget there has ever been. That is in addition to the broad stream of local authority funding. Is Mr. Doyle satisfied the departmental controls are sufficient in chasing up local authority delivery? Is he satisfied that the mechanisms are there to do it?

Forgive me if I am wrong, but I believe the Departmental does not provide a quarterly update to the relevant joint committee as it did previously. I do not see the construction status report, although I appreciate that it will be out next week. Nonetheless, Mr. Doyle cannot provide me with any details in respect of it. Is he satisfied that there is sufficient departmental oversight over and accountability in respect of local authorities on this matter?