Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General - Press Release on the 1999 Annual Report

Comptroller and Auditor General’s Annual Report for 1999

The Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr John Purcell, has today presented his Annual Report and the Appropriation Accounts for 1999 to Dáil ?reann.

Volume 1 contains the Annual Report which is a composite commentary on the results of the audits of the various Government Departments and Offices.

Volume 2 contains the audited Appropriation Accounts which compare the outturn against the moneys granted by Dáil ?reann for the range of services provided by Government Departments and Offices.

The Report records matters arising on the audits which, in the opinion of the Comptroller and Auditor General, require public accountability or which are matters of legitimate public interest. The matters raised in the Report will form the basis for the Public Accounts Committee’s programme of examinations in the coming months.

It is important to emphasise that the Report should be viewed in the context of the many services provided by Departments which are well managed and controlled. Attached is a quick reference guide to some of the main items in the Report.

The Report is also available on our website.

For further information, please contact Jennifer O’Halloran at (01) 6031016

Quick Reference


  • Cost of DIRT investigation and inquiry - ?2.25m
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  • Tribunals of Inquiry and Investigations have cost ?46m to date

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  • Achievement of savings on Civil Service air travel slow to materialise
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Millennium Celebrations

  • Lack of control and monitoring of certain events
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Department of Finance

  • Delays in bringing a modern clearing system for cheques into operation
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  • Administrative inefficiencies in the processing and payment of Civil Service Pensions

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  • The amount of outstanding tax continues to fall - it stood at just over ?1 billion at the end of May 2000. Revenue estimate that ?560m of this is likely to be collected

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  • Reduction in the number of Revenue audits

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  • Three individuals convicted of tax evasion in the Courts in 1999

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  • ?63m in back tax, interest and penalties received as a result of special DIRT audits and ?19m received as a result of investigation into NIB offshore investment scheme

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  • A review of the operations of the Special Enquiry Branch established the need for

  • more efficient and effective processing, review and evaluation of information

  • improved co-ordination and liaison within Revenue and

  • increased commitment to follow-up action in cases uncovered

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Garda Síochána

  • Cost escalation on PULSE system with adverse repercussions for further development
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  • Lack of control over the provision of computers to schools
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  • Delays in recovering overpayments to farmers
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  • Continuing difficulties in the collection of land annuities
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  • Status of legal actions taken by Department to recover moneys under EU schemes
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Eircom Flotation

  • Financial outturn
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Department of Defence

  • High levels of obsolete stores in Defence Forces

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Social, Community and Family Affairs

  • ?22m in overpayments in 1999 of which ?12m was attributed to fraud or suspected fraud
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  • 37 employers and 107 social welfare recipients were brought to court in 1999
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  • Serious shortcomings in the Department’s procedures for recovering maintenance in one parent family cases

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The contents of this page were last updated on 26/09/03