IRELAND 25 February 2017
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Over the period 1998 to 2009, money was allocated by a number of public bodies for social partnership initiatives involving health sector and local authority sector staff. A bank account entitled the SIPTU National Health and Local Authority Levy Fund Account (the Fund) was set up to hold the money provided. The Fund was administered by a senior official of SIPTU. Because of public concern about the operation of the Fund, the Comptroller and Auditor General undertook an inspection of all the available accounts and financial records relating to the Fund, in accordance with section 5 (1) (b) of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993. The report examines the payment of public money to the Fund, and the extent to which adequate accounting and reporting arrangements were put in place by the public bodies that provided the funding. It also examines how the money in the Fund was managed and used. It includes recommendations designed to improve the control over and accountability for State grants