Watchdog contradicts O’Keeffe’s audit claim

Ireland“The State spending watchdog has contradicted a claim by Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe that a major value-for-money review of higher education is nearly completed. Mr O’Keeffe yesterday told the Dail the audit was nearing completion. He said he had received the information from members of the Committee of Public Accounts. However, a letter sent by the Comptroller and Auditor General, John Buckley – seen by the Irish Independent – clearly states that the review will take up to 18 months before it is concluded. In the letter, dated March 19, 2009, Mr Buckley said only preliminary work scoping out a study had been done, and that the substantive work will not start until the autumn …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 26 March]


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