‘Very Conveniently, It Was Kicked Into GSOC Yesterday Evening’


The Public Accounts Committee this morning

This morning.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has told the Public Accounts Committee that she has referred suspicions of fraudulent activity related to the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary – made by Head of Internal Audit Niall Kelly – to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

It follows a verbal briefing made by Mr Kelly to Ms O’Sullivan on Friday, when she requested a written report about the matter. This report was given to Ms O’Sullivan yesterday.


Fianna Fáil TD Marc Mac Sharry (above) repeatedly asked Ms O’Sullivan for the identity of the signatory of an AIB account in Cabra, Dublin.

This account is being investigated by the Garda Internal Audit Section after it found large sums of public money were sent to credit union and bank accounts opened and controlled by gardaí.

Ms O’Sullivan refused to name any signatory or signatories.

Mr Mac Sharry said: “We’re now not entitled to know that because, very conveniently, it was kicked into GSOC yesterday evening and we’re not going to know. It’s on the never never. God knows who’ll be on the Public Accounts Committee when that information comes out?”

In response, Ms O’Sullivan said: “Under no circumstances was this matter referred to GSOC to keep it from the view or the public view of this committee. It was referred to GSOC because that is the appropriate, impartial and objective statutory body that are there to carry out examinations and investigations…”

Watch proceedings live here

Earlier: A Templemore Timeline

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19 thoughts on “‘Very Conveniently, It Was Kicked Into GSOC Yesterday Evening’

  1. Ollie

    PAC is a waste of taxpayers money and exists as a TD showboating exercise.
    There is no reason why any of these allegations cannot be investigated by Gardai.

    Why did PAC wait until today to ask these questions? Because there is collusion right across the board.
    Ask Paul Williams why he’s so silent on these allegations? Afraid to weewee off those Gardai who consistently leak confidential information to him.

    1. Kdoc1

      “There is no reason why any of these allegations cannot be investigated by Gardaí.”
      I’m not sure it’s a good idea to have the Gardaí investigating the Gardaí, there might just be a little bias involved.

    2. ahjayzis

      “There is no reason why any of these allegations cannot be investigated by Gardai.”

      Absolutely. Serious, ongoing, DAILY allegations of deep corruption in our police force certainly warrants an investigation by that police force.

    3. Andrew

      I agree. The likes of Marc McSharry use it to bolster their election hopes next time round. He’s one of the biggest bluffers on that committee.
      I’m not entirely sure if he’s ever had an actual job either.

          1. jungleman

            Yourself, Cian and Owen. I’m sure there are more. It’s ironic that you all use common first names as your aliases instead of coming up with something imaginative. Or is that official FG policy?

  2. Kolmo

    “Under no circumstances was this matter referred to GSOC to keep it from the view or the public view of this committee.” – Absolute crock of shyte. They are masters of calculation – nothing is a cooincidence.

  3. Sheik Yahbouti

    This is beyond disgraceful. Who the hell do these people think they are? Some little scally who got 200 euro more than they should have got through social welfare is subject to the full rigour of the law – yet Noirin and her chums can cover their ample arses by any means available? HOW MUCH LONGER CAN WE PUT UP WITH THIS

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      BTW, I’m not a child, I’m aware we’re being made fools of again. I ask you folks, we’re half the size of an average European City – how can we allow this anti citizen crap to continue? It would appear that the time for us to collectively “grow a pair” has long since passed. Tribalism has to get the gate at this stage, we’re talking about survival here. Small number of leeches = sustainable. Large number of leeches = death of the host organism What’s it to be folks?

      1. God IV

        I would totally agree. The “organism” is being bled dry by those at the top and those that ‘run’ it. And those very same people are telling everyone that the ones at the bottom are ‘bleeding the organism dry’.

  4. KAZ

    OLAF and the central Bank who are totally independent of any member of the Gardai are the only people that should investigate St Raphaels Garda Credit union in Naas/Templemore and all these directors involved in this embezzlement and fraud that has been covered up by senior gardai and Michael Culhane since 2006/8

    “OLAF investigates fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct within the European institutions, and develops anti-fraud policy for the European Commission.”

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