Report on the Accounts of the Public Services 2020

The Comptroller and Auditor General issued his Report on the Public Services for the year ended 31 December 2020.

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 report is available below

Report on the Accounts of the Public Services 2020

     1. Exchequer financial outturn for 2020

     2. Overview of the cost of responding to Covid-19 – March 2020 to February 2021

     3. Central government funding of local authorities

     4. Vote accounting and budget management

     5. Expenditure on night vision imaging technology and training for search and rescue

     6. Covid-19 restart grant schemes

     7. Oversight of funding for the European Capital of Culture 2020

     8. Oversight of the housing assistance payment (HAP)

     9. Regularity of social welfare payments

   10. Management of social welfare appeals

   11. Controls over the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment

   12. Controls over the temporary wage subsidy scheme

   13. Revenue's management of suspicious transactions reports

   14. Assessment and collection of Insurance Compensation Fund levies

   15. Accounts of the National Treasury Management Agency

   16. Ireland Apple escrow fund

   17. Irish Fiscal Advisory Council