Special Reports


Special Report 13 - Ordnance Survey

The study focused on the quality of service provided by the OS to its customers, the financial performance of the OS, the age profile of the map data, the impact of changes to the operating environment of the OS.


Special Report 12 - Procurement in Universities

The study focused on the adequacy of procurement arrangements within each university, areas where combined purchasing arrangements might be applied, whether university procurement policies are in line with best practice.


Special Report 11 - The National Museum at Collins Barracks

The examination of the Collins Barracks project sought to establish whether the project was properly appraised and planned, the project is being managed efficiently the first phase of, the project has been completed on time and within budget and the second phase is proceeding according to plan.


Special Report 10 - Planning of Second Level School Accommodation

This study focused on the adequacy of the Department of Education's systems for planning and managing the provision of second level school accommodation in the context of the projected long-term decline in enrolment levels and a continuing demand for building projects which far exceeds the available level of annual capital funding.


Special Report 09 - Gulliver - The Irish Tourism Information and Reservation System

Bord Fáilte (BFÉ) has been involved with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) since 1990 in a joint project to develop a computer-based tourist information and reservation system. The system - called Gulliver - has been developed within the two tourist board organisations by staff members and external consultants.


Special Report 08 - Means Testing

The examination identified 42 means tested schemes, twenty of which are administered by either the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) or the health boards. These twenty schemes account for the bulk of expenditure on all means tested schemes and the majority of means tests themselves.


Special Report 07 - FEOGA Borrowing

The examination focused on how efficiently the Department engaged in borrowing activities, how well the associated risks were managed and the lessons which can be learned for the future.


Special Report 06 - Regional Development Measures

The scale of expenditure on regional measures, jointly funded by the State, the European Union (EU) and the private sector, has been enormous by Irish standards. For that reason the examination sought to establish the extent to which the effectiveness of the measures under the Community Support Framework (CSF) 1989-1993 was evaluated so that the findings could be applied to the management of current and future programmes in the area of regional development.


Special Report 05 - Management of Telephone Facilities in the Civil Service

The examination focused on establishing whether the Government Telecommunications Network was cost-effective, the potential for economy gains was being realised and if there was proper monitoring of telephone costs.


Special Report 04 - Gas Interconnector Project

This review focused on the procedures employed in the planning and execution of the project with particular reference to the role of the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications (the Department) in ensuring that mechanisms were in place to provide for its cost effective completion.


Special Report 03 - Garda Transport

This study examines the management and performance of the Garda vehicle fleet.


Special Report 02 - Energy Management in the Health Service

This examination set out to review the management of energy by health boards and voluntary hospitals.


Special Report 01 - The LEADER Programme

The specific objectives of this value for money review were to examine the efficiency of the administration of the LEADER programme and to examine how the effectiveness of the LEADER programme is evaluated.