Saturday 24 February 2018

Government left red-faced over auditor saga

This drawn-out tale of drama and controversy has left the country with an unnecessary scandal, writes Daniel McConnell

Eight weeks on from when the Government announced its intention, Kevin Cardiff's appointment to the European Court of Auditors has become a protracted, messy embarrassment for the Taoiseach and his Finance Minister.

Last week's events -- firstly, the rejection of Mr Cardiff by the EU Budgetary Committee and, secondly, the startling revelation that Ireland's member of the court of auditors, Eoin O'Shea, sent unflattering emails about Mr Cardiff to members of that same Budgetary Committee -- were the latest in an extraordinary tale that just keeps on giving in terms of drama, controversy and intrigue.

As part of the negotiations for the new administration, key members of the Government, including Michael Noonan, Phil Hogan, Joan Burton and Brendan Howlin, were briefed by a number of officials including Mr Cardiff in the Department of Finance.

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