I mentioned in my Final Report that I’d send you a brief communication in December revealing the name of the lawyer who responded to my request for a legal opinion on my case with an obscene message, and a couple of other items.
Maurice D. Landers
Corrections by author to Final Report (there are some links to my Final Report in my ‘One Pager’):
1. In the ‘Recent Developments’ section (p.29), 4th paragraph, I state, “Why didn’t the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform just refer my case to the DoF and NTMA instead of sending me a final email reply, which stated?:…”
I should have made this clearer and stated, “Why didn’t the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform just inform me that my case would be dealt with directly by the DoF, and not contact the NTMA and use a prior communication they had sent me as a reply to me wherein the NTMA effectively rejected my allegations and sought to bury my request for the audit plan/document in the FOI process? The Minister’s (and NTMA’s) reply stated in part:…”
2. Re. 6th paragraph (p.29), last line, “But by referring me to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, doesn’t this bring ambiguity into it in that I don’t know to which specific Department the Minister is referring?”
While the Minister’s response/quote in 5th paragraph refers to the Department of Finance, the above sentence/quote is just a general observation about the ambiguity surrounding Irish Government structure, statutes and statements and should have been the first sentence of 7th paragraph.
3. Re. 13th paragraph (p.30), the words in parentheses at end i.e “(the DoF did)”, I would like to add (“the DoF did – see first Report, p.26, and see also Section 4)
4. On p.5, 6th paragraph, I state, “…but according to ICAEW, they need PwC’s permission to give me a copy of the internal audit plan that PwC provided them (Attachment E, email June 12, 2019)?”
ICAEW told me that they would need permission from PwC if they were to request a copy of the plan but they had neither requested nor been provided with a copy of the plan by PwC.
5. Note – re. p.12, the TD (member of Irish Parliament) in question was Michael Lowry. SIPO received 388 complaints of which 70 were invalid. The Commission decided to discontinue its investigation into the remaining 318 complaints (trying not to laugh!) on the basis that there was not sufficient evidence to sustain them. These complaints had been referred to the Commission by the then Clerk of the Irish Parliament. See p.22 SIPO Annual Report 2013.
6. On p.3 of my Final Report, I state, “And ICAEW, ICAI and PwC I believe lied about its scope of services.”
Technically, ICAEW did not lie about the scope of services of PwC’s internal audit plan. While I have no doubt ICAEW unofficially either received a copy of the internal audit plan or was informed about its contents, officially they did not receive a copy as they had not yet completed their ‘assessment’ of my case. However, when it came time for them to continue their ‘assessment’ of my complaint, they cleverly ‘front-runned’ me by adding that access to such a plan would require PwC’s permission, thereby excluding any chance I would have of gaining access to it (PwC over a year earlier refused my request for a copy and ICAEW knew this).