Friday 28 July 2017

C&AG apologises to Garda boss over error at PAC

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Picture: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Picture: Gerry Mooney
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) has apologised to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan after a error that 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 Gardaí’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.”

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