Sunday 20 August 2017

Money laundry at Garda academy

Officers who trained in Templemore paid 20 cent a week to pay for their laundry, which included sheets, bed linen, uniform and casual clothes. (Stock picture)
Officers who trained in Templemore paid 20 cent a week to pay for their laundry, which included sheets, bed linen, uniform and casual clothes. (Stock picture)

Ken Foy and Niall O'Connor

Furious gardaí will demand that money they paid for laundry services channelled to the notorious 'slush fund' at the Templemore Training College is returned or donated to charity.

Trainee gardaí coughed up hundreds of thousands of euro to wash their bed sheets and clothes - but a large amount of the money was used to subsidise the Garda Boat Club and meals for senior officers.

Senior members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) are now set to call for a full investigation, the Irish Independent has learned.

Officers who trained in Templemore paid 20c per week to pay for their laundry. With tens of thousands of trainees, the laundry bill would have run into tens of thousands. The controversy over Templemore deepened as it has emerged the Training College had more than 40 bank accounts.

Some were used for purposes other than those for which they were intended, including on entertainment and gifts.

Separately, The Policing Authority has rubbished claims the force carried out a national audit to uncover the extent of the breath test debacle. Although internal examinations had taken place, these did not amount to an internal audit, the authority heard.

Pressure has mounted on Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan since three senior civilian members of An Garda Síochána have raised concerns about matters in the force. Although the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste have defended her, it is widely felt within political circles the Templemore issue will be her downfall.

Irish Independent

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