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Club accounts were appalling, says auditor

AN auditor has told a tribunal how he was "appalled" when he realised a fellow accountant was involved in falsifying the accounts of the Irish Coursing Club (ICC).

The evidence was heard during an unfair dismissals claim taken by former ICC accountant Edmund O'Brien, of Newmarket in Co Cork, against the club.

The Employment Appeals Tribunal heard allegations that Mr O'Brien was involved in a "cover-up" while employed by the ICC, allowing former club CEO, the late Jerry Desmond, spend funds on "holidays and dining and wining".

Yesterday, Ian Ronan of auditors Glavin and Ronan said his company found that, for the 2008 accounts, a number of journal entries were made by Edward O'Brien to change the figures. The hearing was adjourned to February 26, 2013.

Irish Independent