Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Act 2003

Attendance by Director General at Dáil Éireann committee.


14. —(1) The Director General shall, whenever required to do so by the Committee of Dáil Éireann established under the Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann to examine and report to Dáil Éireann on the appropriation accounts and reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, give evidence to the Committee on—

(a) the regularity and propriety of the transaction recorded or required to be recorded in any book or other record of account subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General which the Foundation is required by or under this Act to prepare,

(b) the economy and efficiency of the Foundation in the case of its resources,

(c) the systems, procedures and practices employed by the Foundation in the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of its operations, and

(d) any matter affecting the Foundation referred to in a special report of the Comptroller and Auditor General under section 11(2) of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993 or in any other report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (in so far as it relates to a matter specified in paragraph (a), (b) or (c)) that is laid before Dáil Éireann.

(2) In the performance of his or her duties under this section the Director General shall not question or express an opinion on the merits of any policy of the Government or a Minister of the Government or on the merits of the objectives of such a policy.

(3) From time to time, and whenever so requested, the Director General shall account for the performance by the Foundation of its functions to a committee of one or both Houses of the Oireachtas and the Foundation shall have regard to any recommendations of such committee where the recommendations concern the functions of the Foundation.