Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ceisteanna (229)

Seán Fleming

Ceist:

229. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a copy of a report (details supplied) to examine the youth service grant in its totality will be provided; her views on the report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4758/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The report concerned was an Internal Audit report and as audits are conducted by sampling it would not have examined the Youth Services Grant Scheme in its totality but would have been sufficient to indicate the level of assurance on the sufficiency and operation of internal controls to mitigate and/or manage one or more of those key inherent risks to which the activity under review is exposed.

The audit results disclosed five (5) high, one (1) medium and two (2) low priority observations which are indicative of increased levels of control risk.  The audit results indicated that a Limited Assurance level could be placed “on the sufficiency and operation of internal controls to mitigate and/or manage one or more of those key inherent risks to which the activity under review is exposed. The disclosure of high and medium priority observations is indicative of increased levels of control risk. Management action is required to address these observations together with increased managerial supervision and on-going oversight to ensure control risk is reduced.” Management have committed to taking the required action to address these observations.

A review audit to verify that management are taking the actions they committed to will be completed in early 2019.

I am providing the Deputy with a copy of the report as requested.