Comptroller and Auditor General Annual Report 2006

Press Release: 25 September 2007



 The Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr John Purcell, has today published his Report to Dáil ?reann on the results of his examination of the 2006 Accounts of Government Departments and Offices.


The Report identifies issues, which in his opinion, merit consideration by the Committee of Public Accounts in the interests of transparency and accountability.


Among the issues reported are


  • The termination of a ?10 million drainage contract by Limerick City Council that was later found to be wrongful by both a conciliator and an arbitrator.  As a result, the cost of the project is likely to be in the region of  ?83 million when damages, legal fees and a replacement contract are taken into account.  The additional costs are being met by the taxpayer.
  • Ineffective strategic and budgetary control over spending on information technology in the Health Service Executive.
  • The results of specific audits of Revenue including suggested improvements in the taxation of certain rental income and in Customs monitoring of personal imports of goods by passengers at airports.
  • The results of specific audits in the Department of Social and Family Affairs including the effectiveness of control exercised over electronic payment of Child Benefit and the Department?s control activity and approach to dealing with overpayments arising on the One Parent Family Scheme.

A new Committee of Public Accounts is expected to be formed once the Dáil resumes after the summer break.  The material in the Report will form the basis for its examinations in the coming months together with other reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General published since the dissolution of the last Dáil viz. Special Reports on


  • Medical Consultants? Contract
  • The Financial Regulator
  • Improving Performance in the Public Service.

A number of other Special Reports are expected to be published between now and the end of the year.


Note for Editors

The Comptroller and Auditor General is the Constitutional Officer with responsibility for the audit of public funds.  He is totally independent in the exercise of his functions and reports to Dáil ?reann in accordance with governing legislation.


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 futher information about the report, please contact Fergus Glavey at 01 603 1000 or at