Special Reports

Special Report 67 - The Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools, the Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technology, The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse

This examination looked at three areas of responsibility of the Department of Education and Science - the Supervision and Substitution Scheme in Post-Primary Schools, Fulfilment of Employment Contracts in Institutes of Technology and The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse.

Special Report 66 - Advertising and Promotion in FÁS

This examination looked at advertising and promotional expenditure by FÁS in the period 2002-2008. It examined the budgetary control over advertising and promotional expenditure, the general strategy under which it was spent and the extent to which its effectiveness was evaluated.

Special Report 65 - Water Services and Affordable Housing Delivery

This examination looked at two areas of responsibility of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government - Water Services and Affordable Housing Delivery.

Special Report 64 - Drug Addiction Treatment

This examination looked at all the main publicly-funded treatment and rehabilitation services provided for persons with addiction to illegal drugs.

Special Report 63 - Tribunals of Inquiry

This examination reviewed the timescale, cost and efficiency of three major tribunals that are nearing completion. The tribunals examined were the Mahon, Morris and Moriarty Tribunals.

Special Report 62 - National Museum of Ireland

This special report reviews the National Museum of Ireland's (NMI) management of the national collection of some 4 million heritage objects, particularly in relation to the documentation of the collections and accessibility to them by the public and researchers.

Special Report 61 - Ballymun Regeneration

The examination reviews how the programme has developed in terms of time, cost and delivery. It also examines economic and social renewal progress and the challenges that remain to the successful completion of the regeneration programme.

Special Report 60 - The Valuation Office

The Comptroller and Auditor General's report on the Valuation Office examines ; the arrangements for the provision of valuation services to rating authorities and public bodies ; the progress in implementation of the revaluation programme ; how overall performance is managed.

Special Report 59 - Management Information Systems in the Institute of Technology Sector

This report is based on an examination of the implementation of management information systems in the Institute of Technology Sector.The report sets recommendations on managing major IT procurement and on IT planning, monitoring and control.

Special Report 58 - eGovernment

This examination was undertaken to establish the extent to which government departments and agencies are providing information and services on-line and are using internet-based technology to improve their efficiency.

Special Report 57 - The Financial Regulator

This examination looked at all the areas of activity of the Financial Regulator since its establishment.

Special Report 56 - Improving Performance - Public Service Case Studies

This report examines the outcome of the Comptroller and Auditor General's follow-up review.

Special Report 55 - Medical Consultants' Contract

This examination set out to review the extent to which the terms of the existing common contract were implemented in the acute hospital sector.

Special Report 54 - Educational Disadvantage Initiatives in the Primary Sector

Over the past two decades the Department of Education and Science has introduced a range of specific measures to counter educational disadvantage. There were four main schemes implemented. Under these schemes, resources are provided for interventions at the level of schools, pupils, families and the wider community. In addition, as part of their ongoing educational effort, schools attempt to address the effects of disadvantage using their mainline resources and budgets. This report examines the utilisation of the specific funds devoted to combating educational disadvantage in primary schools. €61.8 million was spent to this end in the school year 2003-2004.

Special Report 53 - Rent Supplements

The Comptroller and Auditor General carried out an examination that identified the factors that gave rise to the rapid increase in expenditure, reviewed how well the Department managed the scheme and considered its future direction.

Special Report 52 - Provision of Disability Services by Nonprofit Organisations

The State provided €877m to nonprofit organisations to provide health services to persons with disabilities in 2004.The examination focused on the arrangements between the State and the nonprofit sector for the provision of these services and the issues that will have to be addressed in future delivery of the services.

Special Report 51 - Development of Human Resource Management System for the Health Service (PPARS)

The examination was carried out due to value for money concerns in relation to the large escalation in the cost of the project from initiation to date , the extended timeframe over which the project was being implemented , the reduced functionality being delivered and whether the expected benefits are being realised. The examination also reviewed how the project was planned and governed including the adequacy of the business appraisal, how change management was handled and the arrangements for the procurement and management of consultancy and technical support services.

Special Report 50 - Property Sale by Shannon Development

The Comptroller and Auditor General has published a report on a value for money examination of a sale of property by Shannon Development. The property in question was a plot of land measuring 3.5 acres at the Ennis Road, Limerick. The land had been transferred to Shannon Development by the IDA in 1988 but was not registered in the Land Registry, although an adjoining factory site was. The failure of the State agencies to protect the title to the property resulted in encroachment and a building company began dumping spoil on the land.

Special Report 49 - Waste Management in Hospitals

This examination was carried out to identify the level of output of waste in publicly-funded hospitals in Ireland, and the type of waste produced, the costs associated with the collection, handling, treatment and disposal of such waste and good practice in the management of waste in publicly-funded hospitals.

Special Report 48 - The Grouped Schools Pilot Partnership Project

Public private partnerships (PPPs) are contractual arrangements under which private sector partners deliver projects and services that traditionally were delivered directly by the public sector. The concept involves the public sector partner specifying clearly the outputs and service levels required. Payment is subject to the agreed outputs and service levels being delivered by the private sector partner. This arrangement aims to give the private sector partner scope to decide how best to deliver what is required, with the potential to make efficiency improvements and reduce costs.