The Audit Committee is appointed by the Secretary General of the Department, to provide advice to him in his role as Accounting Officer regarding the suitability and robustness of the organisation’s frameworks, systems and procedures for:
(1) governance, risk management, internal controls and
(2) evaluation of the Department’s policies and strategies
and is responsible to him for its performance in this regard.
The members of the Audit Committee are all external to and independent of the Department. The Committee has an advisory role with no executive functions, responsibilities or powers and has no role in approving evaluation and audit reports. It does not have any responsibility or involvement in the review and approval (on behalf of management) of annual financial statements for the Department’s Votes.
The Committee provides advice and an independent appraisal of the audit and evaluation arrangements, with a view to strengthening governance, risk management and internal controls across the Department, as well as helping to enhance the effective operation of the audit and evaluation function within the Department.
In line with the Department’s Internal Audit Charter, the Director of the Evaluation and Audit Unit prepares an annual report on the activities of the Unit for the Secretary General, a copy of which is provided to the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee meets with representatives of the Comptroller and Auditor General at least once a year, these meetings essentially involve the sharing of information and views. The Audit Committee has no direct involvement in the annual audit of the financial statements for the Department’s Votes conducted by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, but does review comments on internal controls and track implementation of any recommendations made.
The Audit Committee also refers to guidance provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to ensure compliance with the role of Audit Committees in central government.
The role of the Audit Committee is set out in its Charter.
Download the 2021 Annual Report of the Audit Committee
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Download the 2020 Annual Report of the Audit Committee
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Download the 2019 Annual Report of the Audit Committee
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Download the 2018 Annual Report of the Audit Committee
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Audit Committee Members
The Audit Committee’s membership have backgrounds in audit, risk management, overseas development assistance, and public administration. The Committee usually meets at least six times a year.
The current members are:
Ms Mary Sutton (appointed March 2017 and as Chairperson with effect from September 2021) is former country director for the Republic of Ireland at The Atlantic Philanthropies, and prior to that worked in Irish Aid and Trócaire).
|Ms. Noeline Blackwell||Member||Noeline is a solicitor and the CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (Appointed in July 2017).|
|Mr. Anthony Hegarty||Member||Anthony is a retired chartered accountant and former Chief Financial Management Officer and Head of the Financial Management Sector Board of the World Bank (Appointed in September 2018).|
|Mr. Bill Cunningham||Member||Bill is a retired chartered accountant and former senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bill also chairs the Audit Committee of the Pensions Authority and holds a number of non-executive directorships in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors (Appointed in May 2020).|
|Dr. Susan Murphy||Member||Susan is an assistant professor in international development practice, Trinity College Dublin and currently researches and teaches on gender, climate justice, and development research and practice. She is Chair of the Board of Oxfam Ireland (Appointed June 2021).|
|Mr. Derek Moran||Member||Derek is a former Secretary General of the Department of Finance and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Exchequer Board (Appointed September 2021).|
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