The chief executive of the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board is expected to tell today's Public Accounts Committee that they have built a "robust culture of corporate governance" following serious failings raised by the Government's spending watchdog. 

The special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy found weaknesses in KWETB's procurement processes and that contracts awarded to a firm with connections to the then Chief Executive were not disclosed. 

Dr Deirdre Keys took over as chief executive in June last year.

Mr McCarthy's report also found that KWETB rented an industrial property in 2015 which was subsequently partially licensed to the same firm connected to the then chief executive.

The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau was asked to investigate the matter following the publication of a report by Dr Richard Thorn, who was asked to investigate the matter by the Department of Education last year. 

The Public Accounts Committee is due to discuss the Financial Statements from the KWETB when it meets later today.

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said that the two substantial reports found serious lapses of governance controls at KWETB and there was a need to examine whether this has had an impact on the wider ETB sector. 

Dr Keys is expected to tell the committee members that while she accepts the seriousness of the findings of both reports, she wanted to reassure them that KWETB has built "a robust culture of corporate governance, building on the policies and controls that had previously been in place but strengthening them in areas of oversight and internal control in, but not limited to, the key areas as identified in both reports". 

Dr Keyes statement also said the reports pointed to serious lapses and gaps in terms of required regulatory, financial and propriety responsibilities. 

Mr Cullinane said there were also questions for the Department of Education to address. 

The C&AG's report also found that KWETB disposed of a van in January 2017, but received no payment until after audit queries were raised. In addition, a full year's motor tax was paid by KWETB just before the disposal occurred.

It is understood that gardaí from the National Economic Crime Bureau are examining thousands of documents handed over by the KWETB. 

Members have been warned that they will not be able to discuss some aspects of the reports at today's meeting because of the investigation by the gardaí. 

The matter was also the subject of an RTÉ Investigates programme.