Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Tuesday, 2 November 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 591 No. 3

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  282.  Mr. McGuinness  Information on John McGuinness  Zoom on John McGuinness   asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   if there is a dedicated auditing unit in his Department assessing and monitoring the day-to-day spend of his Department with particular reference to major projects; if so, the number of staff involved; if the staff have accountancy qualifications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26841/04]

Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  My Department has a dedicated internal audit unit which monitors and examines the day-to-day spend of the Department based on a risk assessment of the activities relating to this expenditure. The unit has four full-time staff and is headed by a fully qualified professional accountant. The unit has recently been independently evaluated as being in compliance with the standards for professional practice of internal audit set by the Institute of Internal Auditors.


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