Thursday, 7 February 2019

Ceisteanna (268)

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

268. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the actions he has taken regarding the protected disclosure received on the way in which roads funding has been spent in Cavan County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6062/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Two separate but related submissions under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 which concerned allegations of wrongdoing in Cavan County Council have been received in my Department. Following an initial screening of the first received submission, my Department asked the Chief Executive of the Council to conduct an appropriate investigation into the allegations made therein. This investigation was completed last year and my Department received a copy of the report of that investigation from Cavan County Council in August 2018, which I understand is being followed up appropriately by the Council.

My Department subsequently asked the Council to examine allegations of wrongdoing involving financial irregularities contained in the second received submission. A number of these allegations had already been considered as part of the investigation referred to above.

I am constrained from putting information about these cases into the public domain by my obligations under section 16 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 to protect the identity of persons by whom a protected disclosure is made and under section 13 of the Act regarding protections for persons from detriment because of the making of a protected disclosure. However, my Department continues to engage with Cavan County Council in relation to the matters involved and will be considering what further actions may be appropriate, beyond those being taken by the Council itself.