2 Oct 2019, 15.07

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will meet tomorrow, Thursday, with An Bord Pleanála.

The focus of the PAC’s examination will be the 2018 financial statements of the Board.

An Bord Pleanála is responsible for the determination of appeals and certain other matters under the Planning and Development Acts, 2000 to 2014 and determination of applications for strategic infrastructure development including major road and railway cases.

It is also responsible for dealing with proposals for the compulsory acquisition of land  by local authorities and others under various enactments.

An Bord Pleanála also has functions to determine appeals under Water and Air Pollution Acts and the Building Control Acts.

An Bord Pleanála had income of €24.4m in 2018 which included Government Grants of €17.5m.

Total expenditure amounted to just over €24m in 2018 which included payroll costs of €16m, legal fees of €3.3m, rent and service charges of €1.5m and consultants’ fees and services of €230,000.

Thursday’s PAC meeting will examine the 2018 financial statements of An Bord Pleanála, the adequacy of governance arrangements and the details of the internal financial controls regime in place

Chairman of the PAC, Seán Fleming TD, said: “The Committee will also be keen to examine that An Bord Pleanála can provide assurance that it is fulfilling its critical role in considering and determining planning appeals in respect of major housing and infrastructure proposals as efficiently as possible.”

The meeting will start at 9am in Committee room 3, click here to view.

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