Statement of Directors’ Responsibilities
The directors are responsible for preparing the annual report and financial statements, in accordance with applicable law and regulations.
Company law requires the directors to prepare Group and parent Company financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the directors have elected to prepare the Group and parent Company financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practice in Ireland, comprising applicable law and the accounting standards issued by the Accounting Standards Board and promulgated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
The Group and parent Company financial statements are required by law to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and the parent Company and of the profit or loss of the Group for that period.
In preparing each of the Group and parent Company financial statements, the directors are required to:
- • select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;
- • make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; and
- • prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Group will continue in business.
The directors are responsible for keeping proper books of account which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Group and Company and to enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Acts, 1963 to 2009. They are also responsible for taking such steps as are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the Group and Company and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.
The directors are also responsible for preparing a Directors’ Report that complies with the requirements of the Companies Acts, 1963 to 2009.
The directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the Company’s website. Legislation in the Republic of Ireland governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.
On behalf of the Board
John Fitzgerald Chairman
Donal Connell Director
22 March, 2012