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Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Financial Statements of An Bord Pleanála (13 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The Aarhus Convention requires that people are allowed to have an input into environmental legislation. Would An Bord Pleanála conclude there is a flaw in the SHD process with regard to cutting people out? Is this a conclusion An Bord Pleanála could make with regard to its experience with engaging with the courts?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Financial Statements of An Bord Pleanála (13 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I want to go back to Mr. Egan about costs. He might be able to provide us with a note about the strategic housing developments that have been judicially reviewed where the case is decided. Where the board has been successful with a judicial review, will he tell us whether legal costs were recovered? If not, why not? Where the judicial review was successful for the other side, did the...

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Financial Statements of An Bord Pleanála (13 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: A criticism is often that a planning authority would have "to have regard to" but that changed "to be in compliance with". Looking at those in my constituency, it does not appear that it has to be in compliance with these plans. The witnesses might consider them. For example, there have been three strategic housing developments in Clane, a small town, with 900 houses. One cannot be...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I wish to ask the Comptroller and Auditor General about two sets of accounts. In respect of the accounts of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, I do not know whether the Comptroller and Auditor General would have looked at the difference between the number of staff from year to year or whether it would have shown up. One thing that caused the last Committee of Public Accounts...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I thank Mr. McCarthy.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The spend per student can throw one sometimes. An issue I raised with regard to the National University of Ireland, Maynooth is the fact that very often the precarious nature of junior or part-time lecturers might skew the spend. When we look at that, we must look at the reason for it. That was quite a sizeable issue. Primary school teachers have far more rights than people at entry level...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Obviously, this is going to form part of the report we will produce. We must keep on top of this. Most of us are managing to do business over Zoom. I am concerned that the idea of this having to be a face-to-face meeting is prolonging this. The important thing is that this is resolved without going down the legal route, which could end up being counterproductive in terms of the overall...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I would like to speak on a number of issues. In regard to the Department of Education, we had all expected that it would bring forward legislation winding down Caranua. As yet, that has not happened. This matter will drag on until that happens. In the meantime, what happens to the files and can people have access to their records? I ask that the committee secretariat would check that...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Residents of an unfinished housing estate will feel very much that they are the meat in the sandwich where the bond system fails and they have no recourse to get the estate completed. It can delay the estate being taken in charge when it is not completed. It is a significant issue. This is a useful reply. It indicates that there were 20 responses. There are 37 local authorities now. We...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I am okay on this one.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Yes. With regard to the work of the Comptroller and Auditor General in terms of looking at such significant spend and not having an integrated system, what does that present in terms of the issues or problems? We know the HSE has a significant staff and spend. The past year showed the kind of exposure from not having systems in place in terms of not being able to achieve value for money,...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I agree with that. The level of resourcing may well play into that. It would be useful to have an engagement with GSOC. Other than that, I am fine with this item.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: A number of questions were not answered. We need to have the aged debtor analysis. The whole point in discussing this is to ensure the money was spent on what it was intended to be spent on. The target was the small and medium-sized business sector to fill a gap in terms of ensuring adequate funding sources were available. I do not believe Bibby Financial Services has answered the...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: It is about what the reply does not say. I wanted to deal with retrospection. I believe the Deputy Murphy referred to was Deputy Verona Murphy. I will wait until the next reply comes and hope that it will deal with the issue of retrospection and employment rights.

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: We have to go back and look at how this site was chosen. It was not on the original list. I drive by it quite often, or crawl by it, more accurately, because it is a very difficult site to get in and out of. I would have thought that access alone would have excluded this particular site as there would be quite a lot of movement from this building. This building would never have been big...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The key issue was whether the Defence Forces or Air Corps would be considered. I sent on a couple of replies to parliamentary questions on a review that was done. The structure of any procurement process will determine what will be possible. If it is for the complete service, the possibility will obviously be excluded. It appears it would be perfectly possible for at least part of the...

Public Accounts Committee: Financial Statements and Accounts (11 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: It is fine. I just sent them for the committee's attention.

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Communications, Climate Action and Environment
(27 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Ms Forbes and her team are very welcome. I will try to focus on one issue. I would love to have more time to go across the spectrum on this but I will focus on the Eversheds report. The vast majority of people who ended up being on the payroll as opposed to contractors were not the top earners but, rather, were on between €30,000 and probably €70,000. I am wondering whether,...

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Communications, Climate Action and Environment
(27 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: What is the current status of the process?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Communications, Climate Action and Environment
(27 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I have very limited time. That answers where RTÉ is with the process at the moment. Eversheds went back two years. Is it not self-evident that there is a degree of retrospection when there was a look-back? That is an observation. In the UK, they are referred to as counterparts because it is not entirely set up on the same basis. The BBC ran into some significant high-profile...

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