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  • Special Report 67: The Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools, the Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technolog

    Published on 29 July 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out examinations of three areas of responsibility of the Department of Education and Science - the Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools, Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technology and The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. The examination of the Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools considered the value delivered by the resources expended on the scheme, equivalent to the cost of 37 hours per annum for each teacher employed by the Department. The examination of the Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technology focussed on the systems and procedures in place in Institutes of Technology for the management of staff to ensure that the terms of their employment contracts are adhered to and that the services paid for are delivered. The examination of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse focussed on the timeliness and cost of its investigations.         

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  • Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General 2008 Press Release

    Published on 11 September 2009

  • Special Report 65: Water Services and Affordable Housing Delivery Press Release

    Published on 24 July 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out examinations of two areas of responsibility of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government - Water Services and Affordable Housing Delivery. The examination of Water Services considered the extent to which the investment provided by the State has resulted in the quality of drinking water in Ireland meeting the minimum standards of fitness for human consumption as set out in national and EU legislation. The examination of Affordable Housing Delivery reviewed overall target achievement under the Affordable Housing Initiative and the contribution of the Affordable Homes Partnership to the initiative. It also considered the problems arising in the provision of affordable housing in changing economic conditions.    

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  • Special Report 69: Managing Sickness Absence in the Civil Service Press Release

    Published on 22 October 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the management of sickness absence in the Civil Service. The examination looked at the scale of sickness absence in Civil Service departments, the nature of this absence and its distribution amongst staff. It calculated the financial impact of sickness absence on departments. It reviewed the arrangements that departments have in place to manage, monitor and control absence due to sickness. It also looked at the extent to which measures and initiatives have been adopted to promote wellbeing and attendance.

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  • Special Report 68: Central Government Pensions Press Release

    Published on 22 October 2009

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of public service pensions. The results of the examination provided an estimate of the accrued public service pensions liability in respect of public service staff, pension cash flow projections over the next 50 years and the cost of providing superannuation benefits for the various categories of public service employees in terms of their payroll costs. The examination also looked at the administrative, funding and accounting arrangements for pensions of public servants.

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  • Special Report 66 – Advertising and Promotion in FÁS Press Release

    Published on 10 September 2009

    FÁS operates under the aegis of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and has functions in relation to the training of persons with disabilities and the unemployed, the upskilling of the employed and the administration of apprenticeships. This examination looked at advertising and promotional expenditure by FÁS in the period 2002-2008. It examined the budgetary control over advertising and promotional expenditure, the general strategy under which it was spent and the extent to which its effectiveness was evaluated. The examination also reviewed the procurement of advertising and related services

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