An audit is an independent inspection or assessment of data or business processes. We carefully audit our work to maintain quality and learn more on where can improve.  This ensures that the money we spend represents good value for taxpayer's money. 

Internal Audit

The Internal Audit Unit provides an independent objective assessment of the effectiveness of the department's operations. The Unit carries out audits and reports its findings to management. Under the supervision and guidance of the Audit Committee, the Unit reports directly to the Secretary General.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is an independent committee. It provides advice to the Secretary General on the suitability and robustness of the organisation's internal control systems and procedures. The Committee acts in an advisory capacity and has no executive functions, responsibilities or powers.

 The members of the Audit Committee are:

  • Brigid McManus (Chair) 
  • Paul Turpin - External Member
  • Niamh Larkin - External Member
  • Walter Brazil - External Member
  • Paul McDonald - DCCAE
  • Rebecca Minch - DCCAE

The Committee meets at least quarterly and operates under a written Charter. This charter outlines the Terms of Reference for the Committee. Each year, The Audit Committee also reviews the operations of the Internal Audit function.