30 May 2018, 16.12

Representatives from An Garda Siochána will be before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) tomorrow, 31st of May, to discuss the Garda Internal Audit Report on the ICT Directorate Payments Process.

Speaking today, PAC Chairman, Seán Fleming TD, said, “The Garda Internal Audit Section (GIAS) completed a report in August 2017 on an audit carried out of the ICT Directorate Payments Process, which relates to the 2016 Financial Statement. The primary aim of the audit was to examine the payment processes in ICT; specifically the authorisation of payments, contractual position with vendors and to obtain assurances those projects are monitored.”

“The PAC is concerned about findings relating to substantial pre-payments made by An Garda Siochána to a contracted body, as well as an absence of verified invoiced hours, despite payments of millions of Euros. The Committee will also question An Garda Síochána on what measures have been taken or are proposed to address the adequacy of resources to ensure proper monitoring and oversight of ICT projects. While accepting that the Gardaí have complex IT needs, nonetheless, ICT appears to be overly-reliant on one particular company and PAC members will want to know why this is and whether or not there are plans to re-tender in the future.”

The meeting will start at 9am in Committee Room 3, Leinster House.

Committee proceedings can be viewed live here

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