An audit is an independent inspection or assessment of data or business processes. The department carefully audits its work to maintain its quality and to learn where it needs to improve to ensure that money spent represents good value for the taxpayer’s money. 

Internal Audit

The Internal Audit Unit provides an independent objective assessment of the effectiveness of the department’s operations. In order to achieve this, Internal Audit carries out audits and reports its findings to management, the Audit Committee and the Secretary General. Where necessary, recommendations are made to improve the operations of the department.
Internal Audit reports directly to the Secretary General under the general supervision and guidance of the Audit Committee.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is an independent committee which provides advice to the Secretary General regarding the suitability and robustness of the organisation's internal control systems and procedures within DCCAE. The Committee acts in an advisory capacity only and has no executive functions, responsibilities or powers.

 The members of the Committee are:

  • Brigid McManus (Chair) 
  • Jim Gillespie - External Member
  • Niamh Larkin - External Member
  • Paul Turpin - External Member
  • Paul McDonald - DCCAE
  • Rebecca Minch - DCCAE

The Committee meets at least quarterly and operates under a written Charter which outlines the Terms of Reference for the Committee. The Audit Committee provides a written report to the Secretary General each year which reviews the operations of the Internal Audit function.