Thursday 22 March 2018

TDs begin work on Templemore report

Leinster House (Stock picture)
Leinster House (Stock picture)
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

A draft Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on financial irregularities at Templemore Training College raises questions why Garda management didn't inform the State spending watchdog about issues there sooner.

The committee met in private session for around three hours to begin discussing the draft report which was compiled by Oireachtas staff.

Sources said that among the issues raised in the document are questions over why the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) was not told of concerns over finances at the training college sooner.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has told the PAC she first became aware of the detail of issues at Templemore on July 27, 2015, and she responded immediately to set up a working group to deal with the issue there.

The C&AG was not made aware of the matter until the second half of 2016.

TDs are now beginning the process of making their own submissions on what should be included in the PAC's report on Templemore and are to meet again next week to discuss it further.

Sources said there is a view among the members that the language of the draft report needs to be "strengthened".

The report is to be finished before the Dáil's summer recess, due to begin in around two weeks.

Irish Independent

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