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# Audit

This year
County council spent millions on road projects without a tender process, report says
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
The details are contained in an audit carried out by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
The work included €1.245 million for an engineering firm and a further €1.1 million paid to consultants for a separate roads upgrade.
A Local Government auditor also criticised the council for proceeding with a €350,000 land swap with a local GAA club "without an independent valuation" of the four-hectare site offloaded by the local authority.
Fingal County Council told the auditor that it would review its processes for future projects, but defended the actions it took.
French football president Le Graet under investigation for sexual harassment
Le Graet had already faced calls to resign after what he admitted were “clumsy remarks” about Zinedine Zidane’s potential interest in coaching the French national team.
Last year
Council criticised by auditor for not recovering €700k bill for clearing ex-mayor's landfill
Declan Doocey, a Fine Gael councillor, served as Mayor of Waterford City and County between 2018 and 2019.
National audit of CAMHS services to be carried out, Minister confirms
Mary Butler confirmed that the audit will examine prescribing practices and operational guidelines across all diagnosis and CAMHS teams.
Council pays back over €1.2m in funding after audit finds money drawn down before work done
Mayo County Council had been awarded significant funding for tourism and amenity projects.
All time
HSE warned at start of pandemic that it 'may not receive' quantities of PPE it had paid for
The HSE was given the warning by auditors in June last year.
Domestic violence costs Irish victims €113,000 over more than 20 years – study
Lost income, health and legal costs and damage to property are cumulatively costing domestic violence victims billions every year.
Data regulator to conduct audit of every Irish political party
The audit will inquire into the processing of personal data by parties over the past three years.
Audit finds some gardaí paid for being in two different places at same time
The report says the health of officers and the public were placed at “significant risk” due to the amount of hours worked by some gardaí.
Q&A: Here's where Ireland's political parties stand on drugs ahead of GE2020
We’ve asked the parties their stance on topics such as decriminalisation and how they would tackle drug-related crime.
Q&A: Here's where Ireland's parties stand on women's healthcare ahead of the election
Where do the parties stand on issues like maternity and infant services, contraception and IVF?
Q&A: Here's where Ireland's political parties stand on agriculture ahead of GE2020
We asked each party what measures they’d take to resolve the beef dispute and support Bord na Móna workers at risk of losing their jobs.
Q+A: Here's where Ireland's political parties stand on insurance ahead of GE2020
Anti-fraud gardaí, pooled insurance schemes and a potential referendum are all part of the parties’ plans on insurance.
Six TDs and senators forced to refund €10,000 in expenses
Fine Gael’s Maria Bailey and Alan Farrell were among those found to have made invalid expenses claims.
Here's what the presidential candidates think about Trump, Brexit and the Eighth Amendment
We’ve asked the six nominees why they are running and where they stand on a number of important issues.
'Silence means survival': Groundbreaking garda audit finds culture of fear within the force
Acting Commissioner Dónall O Cualáin said the detailed report has given management “great insights and information”.
UK watchdog to investigate KPMG audits of collapsed building firm
Carillion went bust earlier this month.
Here are all the tweets Liam Gallagher should definitely delete now that he's back on good terms with Noel
Preferably before he logs on.
Litter, cigarette butts and cut hair observed on the floor of adult psychiatric unit
The review of the Jonathan Swift Clinic found a number of failings.
Childcare payments may differ from county to county after creche fee audit
The review will take 10 months to complete and will inform Minister Katherine Zappone’s future budget decisions.
'It's like we're in an episode of Father Ted': Top civil servants contradict each other when questioned
Civilian members of the gardaí gave evidence in front of the Public Accounts Committee today.
Most Irish food businesses aren't giving allergen details and some are even giving incorrect information
Three in every 100 people in Ireland have a food allergy and require accurate information.
Donald Trump called out Warren Buffett on Sunday. The wily old billionaire has hit back
The philanthropist gave away the equivalent of 75% of Trump’s wealth last year.
Concerns raised over Garda handling of drugs and cash
Penalty point reform is working, however.
“This is not an organisation that we controlled" - HSE defends its record after Console controversy
Director general Tony O’Brien said that the HSE had contingency plans in place should the charity fold.
Harris to meet HSE over "harrowing" Console audit
Harris has said the HSE Console audit is ”a harrowing read”.
Appeal to HSE to ensure Console services are secured in wake of controversy
The Health Minister has described an audit into the charity as a “harrowing” read.
Here's what almost half a million euro from 11 Console credit cards was spent on
Foreign trips, designer clothes and cash withdrawals totalling €83,484 make up just part of the spend.
Are your local roads in a state? You're not alone
A national survey finds that 44% of regional roads in Ireland have extensive surface defects, while 31% of local roads have structural issues.
'Alarm bells are ringing' over a Central Bank whistleblower's allegations
Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald raised a whistleblower’s claims at the Public Accounts Committee today.
Exactly 422,455 households have not registered with Irish Water
The report from the Comptroller & Auditor General says further funding of €1.4 billion is anticipated to be invested in 2015 and 2016.
Why were 75% of unexplained deaths in mental health services not reported correctly?
A previous report found that 25% of deaths had not been reported correctly.
Self-employed contractors are underpaying millions in tax
Audits carried out in the last year showed that the Revenue was underpaid to the tune of €9.3 million.
Audit of PE facilities in schools "crucial" to tackling obesity
Minister Ruairi Quinn has stressed that there are currently no plans to reassess resource levels.
One in Four welcomes today's audits but says church must never become complacent again
Counselling services are available to support people impacted by today’s child protection reports.
Oversight and Audit Commission to scrutinise local government spending
Minister Phil Hogan is looking for expressions of interest from people suitable to sit on the Commission.
HIQA report finds internal doors in disability care unit locked
The audit report on the Stewarts centre is just one of 12 published today into designated centres providing care for children, dependent people and people with disabilities
Department of Justice "dropped the ball" on Rehab audit
It was revealed today that the group requested a meeting to discuss the findings, but did not receive a reply.
RSA Insurance executives suspended as firm announces €84m profit shortfall
The company stressed that no policyholders have been affected and all our Irish businesses continue to operate as normal.
Workplace testing for alcohol misuse should be considered --- campaigner
A recent study showed that a quarter of the UK workforce — around seven million people — drink at hazardous levels.