Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (978)

Shane Cassells

Question:

978. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the oversight of her Department of directives, circulars, advice or requirements issued since 2016; if surveys have been carried out of compliance with these communications to date; the surveys carried out; the results of the surveys; the compliance rate; the actions taken by her Department following these results; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31321/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

As the Deputy will be aware, in addition to their statutory responsibilities, both my Department and those bodies under its aegis are subject to normal Civil and Public Service Governance practices and procedures across all areas of operations including Corporate Governance, Finance,  Human Resources, Procurement etc. and are also subject to audit by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General.

As such it is standard practice that directives, circulars, advice or requirements issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, or other Government Departments or Agencies in relation to matters under their remit, are brought to the attention of Department  staff and the management of bodies under the remit of the  Department.  The Department will also on occasion develop and issue internal guidance to management and staff to assist in achieving compliance with operating policies.

Compliance with Civil and Public Service policies and procedures, including internal Department policies is subject ongoing and periodic monitoring and review by line management and the Department's Evaluation Unit and Internal Audit Unit in keeping with the Department's Governance Framework.  Similar controls are in operation in those bodies under its aegis, and my Department continues to engage with the management of those bodies to ensure compliance with the provisions of  the  Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.