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PAC Report on the Management of Capital Projects – Ní Chuilín

Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has said the way capital projects are managed in the Department now is very different from the way they were managed previously.

The Minister was speaking after the publication of a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report into the management of seven capital projects during the 2008-11 Programme for Government. 

Carál Ní Chuilín said: “I welcome the recommendations contained in this report. These will ensure that we apply the lessons learnt around the spending of public money. 

“The Department was aware of the issues that had arisen with previous capital projects and did not wait for the publication of the NI Audit Office (NIAO) report before putting arrangements in place to ensure the same problems were not encountered on future projects.

"I am assured that these improvements have been for the better and I am confident that the capital projects we are currently involved in are being managed in a different way to how they have been managed previously by the Department and its Arms Length Bodies. 

“It is of paramount importance that we apply best practice procurement and project management in all of the projects we are responsible for, to ensure that value for money is achieved.”

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