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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# C&AG

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# climate action
Ireland has spent €121m on carbon credits due to failure to reach emissions targets
The government will have to pay out additional funds next year.
# Petrol
'They're taking 2c off us that they don't need': Drivers paying levy on petrol that is no longer needed, committee hears
The levy has been paid on petrol, oil and diesel since 1996.
# sweetheart deal
€14 billion Apple tax fund could lose €70 million this year
The fund is to be held in escrow until the outcome of legal challenges to the European Commission’s landmark ruling in 2016.
# Finances
PAC 'concerned' that OPW building maintenance spending jumped from expected €9m to €39.4m
This follows the publication of the 2018 annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) today.
# mv shingle
Ship seized over tobacco smuggling has cost State €410,000 because Revenue can't dispose of it
The MV Shingle was seized in June 2014, when a shipment of over 32 million cigarettes and 4,000kg of tobacco was found on board.
# Irish Water
Government plans to post out as many water refunds as it can by Christmas
The Water Services Bill is in its final stages in the Dáil.
# red card
'A PR disaster': Nama were before the PAC today, and it didn't go too well
PAC chairman Sean Fleming said he’d give the Nama directors red cards if he were a referee.
# Pac Man
"You're a wily old fox at talking down the clock" - Noonan answers questions over Nama Project Eagle sale
Noonan’s appearance before PAC is rare for a sitting minister, though not unheard of.
# Services
Nine companies were paid more than €10m each for providing direct provision centres
Commercial businesses behind centres were paid over €250m between 2010 and 2015.
# Signed Up
Exactly 422,455 households have not registered with Irish Water
The report from the Comptroller & Auditor General says further funding of €1.4 billion is anticipated to be invested in 2015 and 2016.
# eircode
The millions spent on that new postcode system might not even be worth it
A new report estimates that €38 million will be spent on the new Eircode system.
# Welfare
Fraud on Jobseekers' Allowance cost the State €2.68 million a week in 2013
There was also problems with HSE procurement and payments to farmers.
# behind closed doors
NAMA sold 26 properties with 'no evidence of open marketing'
The state’s bad bank is also unable to say how much it takes in rental income.
# Gardagate
Up to €50,000 was spent on maintaining Garda station recording equipment every year
Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee has agreed to seek all relevant information about the procurement of recording equipment by both the gardaí and the Irish Prison Service.
# Penalty Points
TD claims that evidence from garda whistleblower was 'debunked'
The PAC says it will not give Sergeant Maurice McCabe a copy of his evidence, as he requested.
# Penalty Points
Callinan: Not in public interest to stop garda whistleblower appearing before PAC
The Garda Commissioner has dropped his threat of possible legal action as the Public Accounts Committee prepares to hear from a serving sergeant tomorrow afternoon.
# Money Money Money
Revenue Commissioners to be questioned about financial statements
The Public Accounts Committee will be questioning the head of Revenue today.
# Docklands
FitzPatrick, Bradshaw and ministers could be forced to address TDs on Docklands debacle
The Public Accounts Committee chairman says he has the power to compel people to attend meetings if he deems it necessary.
# Glass Bottle Site
C&AG report questions decisions made by DDDA in bid for Glass Bottle site
Report highlights Dublin Dockland Development Authority’s involvement in record bid for property now valued at €45m.
'Considerable challenge' for Nama to break even - official report
Falling house prices and disappointing rental returns mean the taxpayer may not recoup money poured into Nama, a new Government report suggests.