Written answers

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Departmental Correspondence

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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294. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he can address matters raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12131/23]

Photo of Roderic O'GormanRoderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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My Department is prioritising maintaining a practice of more timely payments, including providing more resources to address any issues, such as delays in issuing Purchase Order numbers, which are now being processed in a more efficient and timely fashion. Any residual delays are deeply regretted and my Department is according this issue very high priority.

I am advised by my officials that the outstanding Purchase Order Numbers for this Supplier are being processed as priority. I am also advised that the outstanding Invoices as mentioned in the Details Supplied are being processed, with payment expected to issue in the coming weeks, pending final checks.

The delay in payment is due to the large volume of invoices being received by my Department. Additional resources have been assigned within my Department and the volume of payments issuing is steadily growing. My Department will continue to press on to eliminate the backlog while ensuring appropriate governance is in place to safeguard the proper spending of Exchequer funding.


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