NI Water: Is the Audit Office about to take the gloves off?

One of the most interesting aspect of this story is the degree to which most of the mainstream media (pace UTV and the News Letter) does not seem to understand what led to the point at which the Northern Ireland Audit Office is now going into the offices of NI Water to examine their financial record keeping against the findings of an Internal Audit. Interestingly they are also going to be looking at legacy issues from the days when the …

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NI Water: Now that £28 million reduces to £550k…

There are a number of issues worth picking up in the wake of the Minister’s performance at the Regional Development Committee.  First, that figure of £28 million we’ve talked about before. We are greatly aided here by the fact that the contract audit upon which the IRT based it’s own report has now been put into the public domain by Nevin at the NALIL blog. The bad news for the so-called independent IRT is that a depth analysis utterly scuppers their view …

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NI Water: “The permanent secretary accidently hit the caps button”

The News Letter this morning picks up on our ‘scoop’, the email from Permanent Secretary Paul Priestly to the Auditor General, Kieran Donnelly, and asks DRD for clarification of what was going on with those BLOCK CAPs of his: “The permanent secretary did not make recommendations on behalf of the IRT. The permanent secretary was not suggesting any course of action in the investigation. The permanent secretary accidentally hit the caps button – it was not an instruction to Mr Donnelly.” Well, …

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