Wednesday 22 November 2017

Three of the most senior posts at the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) vacant

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Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Three of the most senior posts at the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) are vacant – including the top Garda, enforcement and legal posts, according to the agency’s annual report.

Question marks have been raised over the future of the ODCE after a catalogue of errors emerged from its mishandling of an investigation into the collapse of Anglo Irish Bank – notoriously including shredding of documents by one senior official.

In the wake of that case the ODCE admitted it had been incapable of properly handling the investigation, blaming a lack of experienced staff.

In its annual report for 2016, the agency said it had beefed up resources, including hiring five qualified and experienced investigative accountants from a variety of backgrounds including other law enforcement agencies and professional services firms.

Two more accountants are being recruited.

However, the report shows three out of five head of function roles at the ODCE as vacant – head of enforcement, principal solicitor and Detective Inspector, the most senior of six Garda officer posts in the agency.

The report shows that total staffing was static last year at 37.5 in total, despite hiring extra accountants.

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