93. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has been provided with a copy of the findings of the external audit of the management of wards funds recently conducted by the Courts Service; and if so, if he will provide a copy of same. [10710/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the High Court has jurisdiction in wards of court matters and management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions under the Courts Service Act 1998. 
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the external audit of the management of wards' funds recently conducted has now been completed and will be published shortly. The Courts Service has advised that copies of the report will be furnished to my Department, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality, the Public Accounts Committee, and the Justice for Wards Group.