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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (300)

Peter Burke


300. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media if a copy of a report (details supplied) has been published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29590/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Tourism)

The report mentioned by the Deputy is an audit of the organisation’s governance and financial administration which was commissioned by Sport Ireland in 2017. I am informed by Sport Ireland that the report has not been published but that the organisation in question has been furnished with a copy of the report.

The purpose of such reports is to provide an assessment of the governance arrangements and financial control framework within an organisation. The selection of an organisation for audit review is informed by numerous factors including the level of grant funding awarded and the strategic significance of the sport. I am sure the Deputy will appreciate that the success and effectiveness of Sport Ireland’s internal audit programme depends on the frankness and candour of those who participate and engage with the process. As such, there is an expectation of a degree of confidentiality with the process and the routine publication of reports could ultimately undermine engagement with the process.