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# COmptroller and Auditor General

Last week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Ireland's Apple escrow fund lost €259 million in value last year
The loss was attributed to a significant increase in yields across global fixed income markets and fund operating expenses.
PAC chair Brian Stanley says C&AG report shows ‘taxpayer is failing to achieve value for money’
Stanley said it is ‘difficult to put into context the level of expenditure that is being lost by the state each year and the level of potential revenue that is being forgone’.
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Exchequer spent estimated €17.1 billion as a result of Covid-19 in pandemic's first year
The Comptroller and Auditor General annual report was published today.
Nursing home accommodation costs 62% more in public residences than in private alternatives
A new report has looked at the operation of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme.
New Department of Health headquarters were empty for over a year - costing almost €16m
The OPW entered into a lease to accommodate the HQs of the Departments of Children & Youth Affairs and Health, in addition to parts of the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform.
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.
Public servants in shared system overpaid an estimated €3.7 million last year
The National Shared Services Office provides payroll services to 124,600 public servants.
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.
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.
6 reasons why Martin Callinan resigned as Garda Commissioner
He’s gone, but why did he do it?
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.
'The facts as I know them': 11 things we learned from Martin Callinan's evidence to the PAC
The Garda Commissioner spent five hours giving evidence to TDs on the Public Accounts Committee today. Here’s what he told them…
'Did it come from the taxpayer?': PAC chief slams Hogan's officials over Irish Water funding
A suggestion that the exchequer is not funding Irish Water drew criticism from the Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness last night.
A new Vice President, and other things that happen if the Seanad is scrapped
We have a look at how the constitution may need rewriting if the second House of the Oireachtas is binned.
Watchdog's report into training fund finds problems with nearly €1m in spending
A €4 million training fund administered by a senior SIPTU official was used to pay for promotions, travel and hospitality.
DDDA fiasco shows 'murky relationship between FF, developers and Anglo' - TD
Mary Lou McDonald has said that the Irish taxpayer is again being made to foot the bill for the debacle at the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.
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.
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.
Government to block Bill allowing TDs to scrutinise council spending
The government says proposals by Fianna Fail’s John McGuinness would hamper the government’s own plan for reforms.
In numbers: the Annual Report of the Comptroller & Auditor General
The State’s accountant’s annual report for 2010 shows that there is €22.7bn is left in the National Pension Reserve Fund – €10bn of that has been deposited in banks.