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  • Special Report 76: National Asset Management Agency – Acquisition of Bank Assets Press Release

    Published on 02 November 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out a review of the Acquisition of Bank Assets by the National Asset Management Agency. The purpose of this initial report is to give an early account of the structures, systems and procedures put in place by NAMA to implement its functions. The report also sets out the outturn of the first loan acquisitions and the arrangements for governing and resourcing the agency.

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  • Special Report 74: Education Sector Press Release

    Published on 03 December 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of payments from the Strategic Innovation Fund, the arrangements to monitor attendance in primary and post-primary schools, the causes of an overrun on a capital development project at Cork Institute of Technology, the operation of an early retirement scheme by FETAC, certain remuneration and expenses in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the current status of the Residential Institutions Redress Scheme and related matters.

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  • Special Report 72: Financial Regulator Press Release

    Published on 22 March 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General, John Buckley, has published a report on the Financial Regulator's response to the Financial Market Crisis. The report outlines the measures taken or proposed by the Financial Regulator in order to respond to the shortcomings in financial regulation that came to light as the recent financial crisis unfolded. It also outlines the findings of recent EU and international reports that examined the operation of financial regulation.

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  • Special Report 75: Irish Universities – Resource Management and Performance Press Release

    Published on 17 September 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of Resource Management and Performance in the seven Irish universities under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills. The examination evaluated the amount and nature of funding provided to universities and assessed the relationships between auditors of universities. It also considered how technologies and management information are used to improve outputs and the arrangements for reviewing the quality of outputs. The remuneration practices, including payment of allowances and other benefits, were reviewed along with the management of external work at two universities and the custom of awarding added years in calculating pension entitlements of university employees was also outlined.

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  • Report on the Accounts of the Public Services 2009 Press Release

    Published on 15 September 2010

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  • Special Report 73: Internal Control and Governance in FÁS Press Release

    Published on 28 January 2010

    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 involved a review of internal control, governance and related matters in FÁS over the period 2002 to 2008. It focused on transactions carried out at FÁS Head Office and governance arrangements for the organisation. It also reviewed the management of the Competency Development Programme and the administration of foreign travel and business expenses. The report identifies a number of areas where improvements could be made to the systems, practices and procedures employed by FÁS.

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  • Special Report 71: Driver Testing in the Road Safety Authority Press Release

    Published on 05 February 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of the Driver Testing Service administered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The examination evaluated the adequacy of RSA's contract development and management procedures in respect of its contracts for outsourced tests. It also evaluated the overall efficiency of the Driver Testing Service and the systems put in place by the RSA to manage organisational performance and to facilitate oversight by the Department of Transport.

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  • Special Report 70: Emergency Departments Press Release

    Published on 12 February 2010

    The Comptroller and Auditor General has carried out an examination of emergency departments. The report on the examination was submitted to the Minister for Health and Children on 19 November 2009. Under the provisions of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993, the Minister is required to present the report to Dáil Éireann within three months of the date on which the report was submitted to her

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