KERRY County Council has become embroiled in the Fás scandal over the distribution of pornographic e-mails because of a single e-mail that was sent from a Kerry County Council computer to a staff member at the state employment agency.
This week details emerged about an internal Fás audit into staff e-mail use which revealed that Fás staff had exchanged thousands of pornographic and inappropriate e-mails with their colleagues and staff in a number of state agencies and local authorities.
The audit, which was completed and issued to senior management in Fás in March 2011, found that almost four per cent of all reported content in Fás mailboxes was classified as "highly inappropriate".
While most of the images were discovered in emails that had been sent out from Fás the audit discovered that Fas staff had received numerous inappropriate images in emails from several state agencies and four local authorities, including Kerry County Council.
A spokesman for Kerry County Council said the authority was completely unaware of the audit's findings until details were published in the national media at the weekend.
Details of the audits findings were not sent to Kerry County Council by Fás.
The spokesman said that enquiries made to Fás following publication of the audit's findings revealed that only one e-mail containing potentially inappropriate images had been sent from Kerry County Council to Fás.
That e-mail contained four attached images. None of these images were pornographic in nature, though e-mail and image analysing software used by the outside consultants who carried out the e-mail audit did flag them as potentially inappropriate.
Kerry County Council said that following an investigation they were satisfied the images were not pornographic or inappropriate and management consider the matter closed.