Saturday 25 January 2020

Fresh contradiction on when Garda Commissioner learned of issues at Templemore

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan Picture: PA
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

THERE has been a fresh contradiction to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's account of when she first learned of concerns about finances at the Templemore Training College.

The Dáil's Public Account's Committee (PAC) is probing a Garda Internal Audit Unit report that found financial irregularities at the facility going back several years.

The former Garda chief administration officer Cyril Dunne has told TDs that he first told Ms O'Sullivan about issues at Templemore in the first week of July 2015.

Ms O'Sullivan previouslly told the PAC that she only learned of the matter at the end of July that year.

Two weeks ago other Garda officials gave evidence that suggested she was informed of the issues at the Training College at the end of June 2015.

Mr Dunne gave his account of what happened today saying he told Ms O'Sullivan about issues identified at Templemore by the Garda head of human resources John Barrett "round about the first week in July".

He said he told her he needed to get more information.

"I told her that I would be going down to the college myself and that I’d brief her when I had more detail. That was my recollection," he said.

He was responding to questions form Labour TD Alan Kelly who said this account was "a direct contradiction" of what previous witnesses told the PAC.

He pointed out that Mr Dunne's version of the timeline of events is "before the Commissioner said she first found out".

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