Saturday 21 April 2018

Camogie county lost over €180,000 in funding after 'modern patriot' mother falsified grant form

Mother-of-five Orla Considine
Mother-of-five Orla Considine

Gordon Deegan

Clare Camogie lost €181,776 in funding for a new pitch after an administrator who "lives for" the sport falsified a bank document in support of a grant application.

Mum-of-five Orla Considine (37), of Dangan, Tulla, pleaded guilty at Ennis District Court to two charges relating to falsifying the AIB bank statement in order to secure funding from the Clare Local Development Company on June 7, 2013.

However, Judge Patrick Durcan struck out the charges after describing Ms Considine as a "modern patriot" upon hearing she had devoted her life to Clare camogie on a voluntary basis for 20 years.

Det Garda Claire O'Shaughnessy said the grant was withdrawn when the company became aware Ms Considine had "constructed" the statement.

The court heard she didn't stand to gain personally and felt she couldn't get the proper document from the bank in time for the deadline.

The content of the document wasn't fictitious. Alternative funding was later found.

Irish Independent

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