Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
309. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in addition to the €230,000 spent on consultants in 2010 by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, the amount spent on the following consultants working on the master plan, consultants-outside management managing office block No. 2 which is owned by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and consultants engaged by Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company in relation to the restructuring costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40346/11]
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is a commercial State company and prepares its accounts in accordance with the relevant accountancy rules. The publicly available annual audited accounts for 2010 provide a detailed breakdown of operating costs, including figures for consultancy fees, advertising and promotion, new revenue development fund, corporate governance etc. My Department does not have a more detailed breakdown of the company’s costs. Therefore, I have forwarded the Deputy’s questions to the Harbour Company for further response. If the Deputy does not receive a reply within ten working days, please contact my private office.
310. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a person (details supplied) of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company will be repaying the over-payments that they received on their expenses that they claimed from 2007 to 2010; the person in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company that authorised these payments; in view of the situation with these expenses, his views whether this person should resign their position as a director of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company; the way the company’s accountant and secretary did not pick up on this abuse of expenses; if he will consider sending in his own independent auditors to examine the company’s books; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40347/11]
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s publicly available annual audited accounts disclose the fees and expenses paid to each individual director. The Company confirms each year that it complies with the relevant travel and subsistence regulations. As indicated in my response to the Deputy’s question of 29 September last, I understand that the matter of repayment of flight expenses has been resolved.
The company have recently submitted to me an external auditors’ report which examined all the concerns that the Deputy raised previously in relation to the company’s finances. This has been forwarded to the Deputy and is in the process of being laid before the Dáil. With regard to these further matters raised by the Deputy, I have forwarded the Deputy’s concerns to the Chairperson of the Company and asked that he report back on the matter.
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