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Caranua Board minutes 02 July 2015

These are the Board Meeting minutes from 02 July 2015

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David O’Callaghan (Chair), Damian Casey, David Lane, Tom Daly, Austin Currie, Rosemary Adaser, Frances Harrington.


Phyllis Morgan, Katherine Finn

In attendance:          

Mary Higgins (CEO), Lucy Kenny (Minute Taker)

The Chair opened the meeting by extending the best wishes of the Board to Phyllis Morgan for the speedy recovery of her son.

  Item Discussion Action Time
1 Minutes of Meeting held on 11th June 2015



Amendment to the March 26th minutes under Correspondence & PQ in relation to correspondence to be recorded. 


“The board agreed that it cannot consider correspondence from applicants in relation to their applications”


“The board agreed that it cannot consider correspondence from applicants in relation to decisions made on their applications”.

The Board agreed it has no involvement in the decision making process but that correspondence to the Board will be responded to by the CEO and reported on to the Board, after being brought to the attention of the Board.

The minutes of the meeting were approved.  Proposed by Tom Daly and seconded by Rosemary Adaser.




























2 Matters Arising


(a) Performance Delivery Agreement

The CEO reported that DES suggested that meetings should be scheduled from September

(b) Board decisions

A register of decisions made by the Board, since its inception, and their status had been prepared for the Board and was circulated at the meeting

(c) Insurance

The CEO reported that a letter had now been received by the State Claims Agency confirming that Caranua is part of the scheme. 

(d) Audit and Accounting tenders

 The CEO reported that there had been three responses to the tender for accounting services and that the closing date for the tender for the Internal Audit Function was 6th July.  These will be considered by the Audit Committee










Selection to be decided by Audit committee










Before next meeting

3 Mazars Report and implementation The observations of the draft report submitted by the members were noted by the Chairman. 

The Board agreed on the findings and recommendations of the report.  This was proposed by Tom Daly and seconded by Rosemary Adaser.

Following discussion the following was agreed:

  • While the recommendations of the report are accepted, they can be tailored and adapted as is necessary
  • Guidelines to be revised to take account of changes and “assessment” to be changed to “discussion”
  • Audit of unreturned Application Part 2s to be carried out
  • CEO to prepare implementation plan
  • Damian will contact Mazars to establish project plan support from them

Broadly, the revised application process to be:

  • Application pack to be sent following verification of identity
  • Cover letter to be sent advising the options for making an application and indicating time frame for contact from advisor
  • Advisor to help with making applications where needed
  • Letter to be sent to each applicant following discussion on needs confirming what is to supported






Guidelines to be revised

Plan for audit to be prepared

Damian to contact Mazars



Revised process to be implemented and implementation plan developed 








By September


By next meeting

By next meeting



 By September

4 Annual Report 2014


The Board approved the revised Annual Report, subject to two minor corrections, with the amended version sent to DES. Annual report to be sent to DES Immediately
5 Governance Code Handbook The Governance Handbook and code of practice were considered by the Board and was adopted, subject to the following amendments and clarifications:

  • The CEO would act as Secretary to the Board, pending the replacement of the Head of Finance and Administration
  • The Board would set the time limit for receiving deputations as required
  • Administration of the “Board” on page 13 to read “organisation”
  • “Names” of members voting on page 18 to be amended to “numbers”
Recirculate when changes made






 By next Board meeting






6  Report on Applications


The report on applications to the end of May had been circulated with the Board papers in advance.  It was noted that the level of expenditure had continued to rise and about €2.5 million was paid out in that month, bringing the total to €22 million.    
7 Report of the Audit & Risk Committee Damian reported that he was finalising the 2014 accounts with the accountants and so they are not yet ready for the Board.  Damian will work with the CEO on Fraud and procurement policies.  Accounts for 2014 to be presented


Next meeting


8 Correspondence and PQ Letter from Chair to Minister for Education & Skills was circulated to members and the PQs for this period noted. .     
9  A.O.B



The CEO reported that the Cessation Accounts of EFB had now been laid before the Oireachtas

It was agreed in principle that Board members who wished to receive a notebook, instead of Board paper, should do so. 

The CEO mentioned that an office space is being held for us and that a decision was needed urgently as there were other tenants interested in it.  The Chair undertook to contact the DES directly on this. 

A request from the Whispering Hope Centre for a meeting with members of the Board was agreed, with a suggestion for the day of the next meeting. CEO to reply to other issues in letter.

David O’Callaghan, David Lane and Frances Harrington to go the Aishlinn Centre after the Board meeting.

Travel and subsistence rates, updated by the Department of Finance, and effective from 1st July, were circulated to Board members.



Government framework for suppliers to be checked by CEO.

Chair to contact DES


Letter suggesting date to be sent.  CEO to reply

10 Next meeting


The next Board meeting will take place on WEDNESDAY 29th July 2015 at 10. 30 a.m. in the Department of Education & Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1