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Wednesday 23 August 2017

C&AG apologises to commissioner over error at PAC

Seamus McCarthy, the Comptroller and Auditor General at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Seamus McCarthy, the Comptroller and Auditor General at the Dáil Public Accounts Committee yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke

The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) has apologised to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan after an error led to her being accused of misleading the public in her signing off of Garda accounts.

Public Accounts Committee chairman Séan Fleming claimed it was misleading for her to sign the Garda's 2015 accounts in March 2016, months before a reference to controversial financial issues at the Templemore Training College were added to the document.

C&AG Seamus McCarthy later moved to correct the record. He apologised for an oversight which led to the Garda accounts being published by his office with an incorrect date attributed to Ms O'Sullivan.

Mr Fleming said his remarks were based on the published accounts which he had "relied on in good faith".

"The statement by the C&AG corrects the issue in relation to the actual date that should have been on this document. I fully accept that any implications drawn regarding these were erroneous and that there was no attempt by the Garda Commissioner to mislead the Committee or public". He said he regretted "any misunderstanding caused".

Irish Independent

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