Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Ceisteanna (596)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

596. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 786 of 11 June 2013, the reasons the audit of financial statements of the fishery harbour centres are not up to date; his views on whether it is acceptable that these accounts have not been completed since 2007; if he will provide the unaudited amounts for the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31635/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The following table sets out the provisional figures for income earned in each of the six Fishery Harbour Centres in the years 2008 to 2012:

Harbour

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Castletownbere

608,478

564,124

588,554

663,366

788,568

An Daingean

412,208

398,698

444,911

397,585

431,330

Dunmore East

235,103

248,123

231,710

222,068

238,633

Howth

727,939

658,520

639,779

673,389

928,761

Killybegs

2,175,876

1,844,946

2,015,094

1,809,362

2,219,069

Ros an Mhíl

490,760

546,113

406,470

415,205

301,064

Total

4,650,364

4,260,524

4,326,518

4,180,976

*4,907,425

(* Please note that the 2012 figures do not include accruals adjustments)

There were issues identified with the billing of fees in some of the Fishery Harbours in 2007 and 2008, following handover of responsibility from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to my Department in 2007. Resolution of these issues delayed both the production and the audit of these and subsequent years’ annual accounts. Officials in my Department are actively engaged with officials of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General to complete all outstanding accounts this year.