Audit head struggles to access accounts
The head of Garda Audit has expressed his frustrations over attempts to gain access to bank accounts linked to the Templemore 'slush fund'.
In documents sent to the PAC, Niall Kelly said he has yet to gain access to at least one further account at St Raphael's Credit Union.
Accounts linked to the credit union are caught up in the alleged web of financial irregularities now being investigated.
In correspondence sent on July 5, Mr Kelly indicated his efforts to probe the accounts at St Raphael's have been frustrated.
"Despite numerous requests, I have not been able to fully access two accounts at St Raphael's Credit Union in Templemore and I have not been able to access at least one other account held at St Raphael's Credit Union, Naas Road, Fox and Geese, Dublin 22," Mr Kelly said.
"There may be accounts unknown to Internal Audit at this point to which public funds have been lodged."
But in another letter, Mr Kelly suggested that he has since encountered further co-operation.
"I would like to update the committee in relation to my note dated July 5, which indicated that access was not given to Internal Audit in relation to two St Raphael's Credit Union Accounts managed from Templemore. I can now report that account statements have been provided for these accounts.
"I am still, however, awaiting access to at least one other St Raphael's account managed from Dublin," Mr Kelly told the committee.