The investigation is independent. Of course the Department has a role to play in stewardship. Is leis na Boird Oideachais agus Leabharlann í an fhreagracht fála san earnáil rialaithe.
Responsibility for procurement across the controlled sector rests with the education and library boards, and the Department has regularly sought and received assurance that procurement practices are in line with best practice as set out in CPD guidance. My Department holds regular accountability meetings with the boards at which procurement issues are discussed. Once my Department has become aware of issues, I have acted immediately and swiftly.