Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General 2004

Office of the
Comptroller and Auditor General
Press Release: Comptroller and Auditor General Annual Report for 2004

The Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr John Purcell, has today published his Report to Dáil ?reann on the results of his examination of the 2004 Accounts of Government Departments and Offices.

The Report identifies a wide range of 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 areas in the Report, like the MediaLab Europe venture, stems from requests by the Committee while others, like the arrangements for tolling the West Link Bridge, arise from concerns expressed in Dáil ?reann and among the general public.  The examination of the Toll Bridge uncovered a ?2 million underpayment to the State.

The other issues reported reflect the results of targeted examinations in areas of public expenditure e.g. the National Treatment Purchase Fund and the operation of the Personal Public Service Number system, as well as those coming to light in the normal course of audit, like the shortcomings in accounting controls in Fishery Harbour Centres.

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
Ms Anne Redican at 01 6031016 or at