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Cost containment in the public sector

Public finances are under a great deal of strain - the need to monitor costs whilst providing a quality service has never been greater. At the centre of all of this is COVID-19, which has stretched resources and demanded huge changes to the way the public sector works. Changes such as a working from home and the additional cost of healthcare necessities. 

Where does internal audit fit in to all of this? Where has internal audit demonstrated value during the pandemic? What are the learnings going forward?

This event will address these issues and offer insight into what has been a very demanding time for the public sector.

What will I learn? 

  • How the public sector has adapted at this difficult time
  • The importance of cost containment in the sector
  • What this means for internal audit


  • Gavin Faloona - Chair, Chartered IIA Ireland Regional Committee
  • John McKeon - Head of Finance, Longford County Council
  • Linda O’Hare - Interim Assistant Director – Procurement and Logistics Service, Business Services Organisation
  • Ronnie Downes - Assistant Secretary, Expenditure Policy & Reporting Division, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Dublin

CPE core competencies

  • Internal audit management

2 CPE points


09:00 - 09:05

Welcome and introductions
Gavin Faloona

09:05 - 09:40

Local authority budgetary cost control
John McKeon

09:40 - 10:15

Procurement in a pandemic perspective of NI health and social care
Linda O’Hare

10:15 - 10:50

EU aid to Ireland to cover Covid and Brexit initiatives (incl. recovery and resilience fund, Brexit adjustment reserve)
Ronnie Downes

10:50 - 11:00

Gavin Faloona

This event has been organised by our Ireland committee



17 June 2021


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