NI Water: External auditor offered NIW a retro-fit..

MLAs are preparing to go into discussion of the NIAO’s long awaited report into the ongoing NI Water debacle that led to the sack of four out of five Non Executive Directors (even though apparently there was no fault found inside the organisation). They will find that the total value of the 74 cases investigated by internal Auditor Nicola Brennan in her ‘deep dive audit’, comes to £6 Million more than was orginally found. Interestingly of these, 41 (that is …

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Northern Ireland Water: Procurement was a legacy of DRD management

Hmmm… Northern Ireland Water, remember them? You thought they’d had gone away? Well, not quite. This week one of the main characters in the whole drama, Ms Nicola Brennan (formerly an external auditor; subsequently head of Internal Auditing at NI Water), gave a detailed four page interview to Internal Auditing magazine (150,000 readership). It’s remarkable for two reasons. One, it has been published whilst the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is in the middle of investigating many of the issues that are …

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NI Water: DRD had form in procurement issues…

Now, I imagine that the former Chair of NI Water Chris Mellor is not too pleased with his mention in this week’s Private Eye. Not least because it links him and his fellow sacked non executive directors directly to issues around procurement at time when the health regulator Monitor, of which he is currently the deputy chair, is looking at opening up procurement in the NHS. The ‘Eye’ alludes to his sacking and PAC chair Paul Maskey’s remarks about the …

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