Special Reports


Special Report 73 - Internal Control and Governance in FÁS

This examination involved a review of internal control, governance and related matters in FÁS over the period 2002 to 2008.


Special Report 72 - Financial Regulator

This report examines the Financial Regulator's response to the Financial Market Crisis.


Special Report 71 - Driver Testing in the Road Safety Authority

This examination was carried out on the Driver Testing Service administered by the Road Safety Authority.


Special Report 70 - Emergency Departments

This report reviews the performance in Emergency Departments based on the findings and recommendations of a range of reviews conducted during the period 2002 - 2007.


Special Report 69 - Managing Sickness Absence in the Civil Service

The examination looked at the management of sickness absence in the Civil Service.


Special Report 68 - Central Government Pensions

This examination looked at the administrative, funding and accounting arrangements for pensions of public servants.


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.