PAC to conduct initial examination of Financial Procedures in Garda College

The Committee of Public Accounts decided today to conduct an initial examination of Financial Procedures in the Garda College Templemore based on the Garda Interim Audit Report related to these matters.

The Committee at a private meeting today, expressed the view that the recommendations made in the Interim report should be acted on immediately and that the Committee’s examination of the issues and implications of the report should not be used to delay the implementation of any necessary changes

The Chairman Deputy Seán Fleming said “The Committee today decided to carry out a focused and timebound examination of matters related to the interim report. We expect to call witnesses in the next week or so and complete our hearings by mid-June, delivering our preliminary report with a target date of 6 July 2017.”

“Given that the Internal auditors have yet to complete their work, it is not the intention that this examination by the Committee will be exhaustive. Matters related to the finance of the Garda College have their origin in actions that span several decades and it is not feasible at this point to consider these in full. Certain issues may be dealt with in future modules or examinations by the Committee.”

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Committee Membership:

Bobby Aylward        Fianna Fáil
Peter Burke        Fine Gael
Shane Cassells        Fianna Fáil
Catherine Connolly    Independent
David Cullinane        Sinn Féin
Alan Farrell        Fine Gael
Séan Fleming        Fianna Fáil
Alan Kelly        Labour
Marc MacSharry        Fianna Fáil
Josepha Madigan    Fine Gael
Mary Lou McDonald    Sinn Féin
Noel Rock        Fine Gael
Catherine Murphy    Social Democrats-Green Party Group