::: Watch the Committee sieve through the WIT case here
At the Public Accounts Committee meeting on January 18, members were informed that correspondence had been received from Seán Ó Foghlú, Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, providing an update regarding the probe into spending at Waterford Institute of Technology.
That correspondence relates to the inspector who was appointed by the Department to look at some companies involved in providing services to WIT in the context of expenditure by the then-president's office .
PAC chairman John McGuinness (FF) confirmed to John that the inspector's report is expected in the first quarter of this year, adding, "The decision is that we will wait for the inspector's report and then couple it with our further inquiry into the other matters."
Selected contributions, 2013 meetings of PAC
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