Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan
RTÉ’s This Week reported:
The European Union’s anti-fraud agency, OLAF, has decided to launch a formal investigation into the use of European funds at the Garda Training College in Templemore, RTÉ’s This Week has learned.
OLAF had said last month that it was carrying out a preliminary examination of certain issues, after being sent a copy of a Garda internal audit report dealing with EU monies which ended up in a bank account in Cabra.
However, the anti-fraud agency has now confirmed to RTÉ that it has expanded this to a full investigation, in which its investigators are entitled to interview witnesses and conduct searches of premises to detect any criminal or otherwise inappropriate use of EU funds.
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee last month that the balances in the account ranged from around €5,000 to €90,000 but did not say how much money actually passed through the account.
…The PAC is expected to deliver its final report this week on matters relating to finances at the college, which has been the subject of hearings before the committee over recent months.
Previously: Meanwhile, At The Garda College