Alan Kelly:  a more realistic time frame was that the commission would be  operational ahead of the next European and local elections, in 2019. Photograph: : Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has committed to establish an independent electoral commission during its term of office.However, Minister for the Environment Alan Ke(...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy:  assessment  found that non-commercial State bodies are following rules laid down for audit committees in 2009 code of practice. Photograph: Frank Miller

State bodies are likely to start screening members of their internal audit committees for conflicts of interest and using formal procedures to select(...)

The new State company is working on a strategy to revive its portfolio, beginning with upgrading buildings in the Shannon Free Zone. Photograph Arthur Ellis/Press22.

More than 200 commercial properties owned by the Republic’s newest State company are empty, the Dáil Committee on Public Accounts heard yesterday. (...)

The report came from the office of Seamus McCarthy (above), who has responsibility for the audit of public funds. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fraud and error in jobseeker social welfare claims cost the State almost €140 million last year, according to the Comptroller & Auditor General(...)

Five farmers received social welfare overpayments averaging €116,000 each last year, according to the Comptroller & Auditor General’s report for 2(...)

Hospitals are always first in the queue for available health funding. But, as has become evident in recent years, when they don’t get what they want, (...)

Nama chairman Frank Daly told the Public Accounts Committee that nobody in the agency was currently in receipt of a bonus but that a payment, perhaps deferred until the agency completed its work, was something that might need to be considered to incentivise staff to stay on.

The National Asset Management Agency intends to ask Minister for Finance Michael Noonan about the possibility of offering “retention payments” to staf(...)

Nama chief executive Brendan McDonagh (left) with Frank Daly, chairman, after meeting Comptroller and Auditor General Séamus McCarthy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The National Asset Management Agency has defended a decision not to set a rate of return for its business and insisted it has plenty of performance b(...)

Public Accounts Committee vice-chairman Kieran O’Donnell said the accumulated loss to the taxpayer from development projects entered into by the DDDA, which included the CHQ development at Custom House Quay (above), was €185 million. Photograph: David Sleator

Records taken in advance of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority’s (DDDA) purchase of the Irish Glass Bottle site regarding its potential financ(...)

Garda Sgt Maurice Mc Cabe arriving for the Public Account Committee meeting in Leinster House on January 30th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A majority of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members has opposed the release of evidence given to it by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Serving (...)