Wednesday 13 November 2019

What's hidden in Áras accounts, asks Gallagher

Seán Gallagher. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Seán Gallagher. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Businessman Seán Gallagher has suggested there is "something hidden" in Áras an Uachtaráin's accounts that the President does not want revealed before tomorrow's election.

The candidate, who finished runner-up in 2011, claims Michael D Higgins's refusal to publish details of an annual €317,000 allowance is spent is "not washing well with the taxpayer".

He said several attempts to get Mr Higgins to release details of his office's spending in advance of the election had failed.

Mr Gallagher said: "If I can't get the answer there, is there something hidden in these accounts and that's the reason why we're not getting the answer to it?

"It's not good enough to not get answers because this is taxpayers' money."

The President has promised to appoint an audit committee to oversee the use of the allowance .

He has said the money was primarily used to host garden parties and other events at his residence.

Mr Gallagher also criticised Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for defending the President's use of the Government jet.

Irish Independent

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