Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 16 November 2023

Public Accounts Committee

Appropriation Accounts 2022
Vote 11 - Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform
Vote 12 - Superannuation and Retired Allowances
Vote 39 - Office of Government Procurement
Vote 43 - Office of the Government Chief Information Officer
2022 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
Chapter 5: Vote Accounting and Budget Management

9:30 am

Mr. David Moloney:

As I said to Deputy Burke, we accept that these things are taking too long and we understand how important they are to communities, but we have a whole range of national and EU laws to consider relating to the habitats directive, Natura 2000, etc. Exactly as Deputy Dillon says, we find that if there is any kind of gap or problem, whether in the form of a judicial review or a step that was not fully taken, or was seen by the courts not to have been fully taken, we go back into a loop of having to get into further examination, further data and further public consultation. I absolutely understand the frustration around that but some of those regulations are not within our control. We are happy to look at our role in that, which we do all the time, and the time we take to process things. We are always very happy to look at that with a view to making sure it takes as little time as possible. It is always put out to external consultants as part of an independent regulatory function.