Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan before the justice committee in March
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will appear before the Public Accounts Committee to discuss the recent audit of the Garda College in Templemore which showed serious financial irregularities. It examined financial transactions between 2009 and 2015.
Readers will recall how Ms O’Sullivan described the irregularities as “legacy issues” in an interview with Seán O’Rourke shortly after the story first broke in The Sunday Times.
Ahead of the meeting, the committee’s chairman Seán Fleming, of Fianna Fáil, said:
“The findings of an internal audit carried out by An Garda Síochána have highlighted serious issues in relation to financial controls and mismanagement of funds at the Garda College in Templemore.”
“The audit of the Garda College has raised a number of concerns in relation to compliance with standard accounting practice and corporate governance. It is important that an effective system of internal financial control is maintained and operated by An Garda Síochána in all areas of it operations.”
“[Today] we will meet with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to discuss the report in more detail as it relates to the appropriation accounts. The committee will be keen to ascertain how budgetary control is exercised within An Garda Síochána and what changes have been implemented to address the serious issues which have arisen in relation to the college.”
Members of the Public Accounts Committee are: Alan Farrell, FG; Alan Kelly, Labour; Bobby Aylward, FF; Catherine Connolly, Independent; Catherine Murphy, Social Democrats; David Cullinane, SF; Josepha Madigan, FG; Marc MacSharry, FF; Mary Lou McDonald, SF; Noel Rock, FG; Peter Burke, FG; Sean Fleming, FF; Shane Cassells, FF.
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