Clare Joint Policing Committee Calls For Action On Garda Financial Report

A former Chair of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee is calling on the Government to act quickly on the findings of a report into financial irregularities at the Garda Training college.

The Public Accounts Committee is set to criticise Garda Commissioner in it’s report which is being published this afternoon.

Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill reports:


The Public Accounts Committee has been holding hearings into the financial issues at Templemore for two months and today launches its report on the matter, dealing with events from 2015 onward.

The report, which is being launched this afternoon, is heavily critical of Noirin O’Sullivan, who, as Commissioner, is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Budget.

It says the Garda Commissioner was wrong to tell the State’s auditor that the Garda budget had a clean bill of health, when she already knew of the concerns around the training college.

The report will also criticise senior Gardai for effectively stopping any outside scrutiny of the financial irregularities.

Vice-Chairman of the P-A-C, Labour TD Alan Kelly sys the findings will need to be taken very seriously at all levels of the state.

There have been calls by some for the Garda Commissioner to step down in light of the findings.

Fianna Fáil TD and PAC committee member Marc Mac Sharry says the rank and file have been let down by senior management within the force.

A former chair of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee says the onus is on the Government to ensure the matter is dealt with quickly.

But Sixmilebridge Independent Councilllor and JPC member, PJ Ryan syas axing people isn’t the answer.