Dáil Éireann - Volume 608 - 25 October, 2005

Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.

  164. Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on the undercharging by Waterford County Council of Part V development contributions; if he has investigated the reason for the undercharging; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30381/05]

  Mr. N. Ahern:A recent report from the local government auditor noted two errors of undercharging by Waterford County Council in the calculation of financial contributions where payment was made in lieu of housing units as an agreement under Part V of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2004. These errors, which the report also notes are not recoverable, had been identified earlier within the council’s internal checking system and immediate and corrective action was taken to ensure that there could be no repetition.

The auditor in his report has acknowledged the strengthening of the council’s procedures for dealing with Part V agreements and has deemed that no further action is necessary. Having had the matter investigated I am satisfied with the outcome of the audit and that proper procedures have been put in place by the council.

Question No. 165 answered with Question No. 153.