Statement of Directors’ Responsibilities

The Companies Act, 2015 requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year which give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the group and of the company as at the end of the financial year and of the group’s and company’s profit or loss for that year. It also requires the directors to ensure that the company keeps proper accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the transactions of the group and the company; that disclose, with reasonable accuracy, the financial position of the group and the company and that enable them to prepare consolidated financial statements of the group and the company that comply with International Financial Reporting Standards and the requirements of the Companies Act, 2015. The directors are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the company and for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

The directors accept responsibility for the preparation and fair presentation of the consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and in the manner required by the Companies Act, 2015. They also accept responsibility for:

  • Designing, implementing and maintaining such internal control as they determine is necessary to enable the preparation of consolidated financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error;
  • Selecting and applying appropriate accounting policies; and
  • Making accounting estimates and judgements that are reasonable in the circumstances.

The directors are of the opinion that the consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position of the group and the company as at 31 December 2017 and of the group’s and company’s financial performance and cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and the requirements of the Companies Act, 2015.

In preparing these financial statements the directors have assessed the company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Nothing has come to the attention of the directors to indicate that the company and its subsidiaries will not remain a going concern for at least the next twelve months from the date of this statement.

The directors acknowledge that the independent audit of the consolidated financial statements does not relieve them of their responsibilities.

Approved by the board of directors on 12th March 2018 and signed on its behalf by: