O’Brien calls for public scrutiny of local authority accounts
Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien speaking in the Dáil today called on the government to support the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) 2012 in order to allow public scrutiny of local authority accounts.
Deputy O’Brien said:
“I can see no reason why the government should not support this opposition bill, which if passed would allow the Comptroller and Auditor General to scrutinise the accounts of local authorities and identify exactly where money is being spent.
“I was a representative on Cork City Council for 11 years and up until a few years ago there was no Finance Committee. There was very little opportunity aside from the estimates process to scrutinise where money was going. The Mayor of Cork earns €117,000, with a car and an expense account. This kind of spending should be open to public scrutiny in order to identify spending on this scale which is not giving value for money.
“When this government was formed, they made a big deal of increasing accountability in the political process. If they are serious about that, then I would urge them to support this bill.”