Comptroller and Auditor General Annual Report 2005   Press Release:  27 September 2006


The Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr John Purcell, has today published his Report to Dáil ?reann on the results of his examination of the 2005 Accounts of Government Departments and Offices.

The Report identifies issues across Departments, which in the Comptroller and Auditor General?s opinion, need to be brought to public attention in the interests of transparency and accountability.  The issues will be examined further by the Public Accounts Committee in the coming months when it calls in the Heads of Departments and Offices to account for their stewardship of public funds.

The inclusion of some issues in the Report, like the purchase of the site for a new prison, stems from requests by the Committee while others, like the introduction of an integrated ticketing system for Dublin transport, arise from concerns expressed in Dáil ?reann and among the general public. 

The other issues reported reflect the results of targeted examinations in areas of public expenditure e.g. the cost of the post-mortem inquiry and the costs associated with the national seabed survey, as well as those coming to light in the normal course of audit, like shortcomings in the system for issuing and paying doctors for discretionary medical cards.

The Revenue chapter in the Report presents an overview of tax assessment and collection together with the results of examinations of specific aspects of Revenue?s activities.

Note for Editors

The Comptroller and Auditor General is the independent officer under the Constitution with responsibility for the audit of public funds.  He reports to Dáil ?reann.  He also publishes value for money and special reports at other times during the year.

The full text of the Report and the audited Accounts are available on the website of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (  

For further information about the report, please contact

Anne Redican at 01 6031016 or at