Report on the Accounts of the Public Services 2017

The Comptroller and Auditor General issued his Report on the Public Services for the year ended 31 December 2017.

The report deals with 

  • any matters considered appropriate to report on arising from audits of the appropriation accounts prepared by the Accounting Officers of government departments and offices in relation to the appropriations voted by Dáil Éireann for the previous financial year

  • any matters considered appropriate to report on arising from examinations of the internal accounting controls operated by government departments and offices (in the current or previous financial year) to ensure the regularity of their financial transactions, the correctness of their payments and receipts, the reliability and completeness of their accounting records and the safeguarding of the assets owned and controlled by them

  • the results of examinations of the accounts of the revenues collected by the Revenue Commissioners – these examinations include assessment of whether the accounts are complete and accurate, and whether the Revenue Commissioners have established and applied systems, procedures and practices that are adequate to secure an effective check on the assessment, collection and proper allocation of the revenues.

The individual chapters in the report are available below

  1. Exchequer financial outturn for 2017

  2. Collection of pension contributions due to the Exchequer

  3. Control of funding for voted public services

  4. Central government funding of local authorities

  5. Vote accounting and budget management

  6. Lease of offices at Miesian Plaza

  7. Management of overtime expenditure in An Garda Síochána

  8. Measures relating to national cyber security

  9. The Energy Efficiency National Fund
  10. Funding and oversight of approved housing bodies

  11. Regularity of social welfare payments

  12. JobPath Employment Activation Service

  13. Actuarial review of the Social Insurance Fund

  14. Overpayments of age-related jobseeker's allowance

  15. Hepatitis C Treatment in Ireland

  16. Control of private patient activity in acute public hospitals

  17. Revenue's progress in tackling tobacco smuggling

  18. Management of high wealth individuals' tax liabilities

  19. Corporation tax losses
  20. PRSI contributions by the self-employed

  21. Accounts of the National Treasury Management Agency

  22. Irish Fiscal Advisory Council