Wednesday 24 January 2018

'No further action' over Enterprise Ireland audit

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs Enterprise & Innovation
Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs Enterprise & Innovation

John Downing and Michael Staines

THE jobs agency Enterprise Ireland is upholding "best practice" on control of staff travel expenses, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has insisted.

Mr Bruton said he is not taking any further action about an audit report which revealed potential irregularities in staff expense claims at the agency.

The audit by Ernst and Young found that staff were making travel claims in cases without adequate documentation.

The auditors also found repeat visits to the same clients and overnight expenses claimed for trips which were near enough to base to allow return travel on the same day.

The revelations led to calls from some TDs for an explanation to ensure taxpayers' interests were upheld.

But the Enterprise Minister has made it clear that he is not pursuing the issue any further.

Mr Bruton said Enterprise Ireland had commissioned the internal report, brought the results to their own board, and also acted on all the auditors' recommendations.

"They have assured us that no payment was made that wasn't fully documented and authorised. So I think this is an example of good governance where systematically Enterprise Ireland looks at procedures and makes sure they are up to best practice and adopts them immediately," he said.

Irish Independent

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