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Friday 15 December 2017

City Council rocked in phone hack probe

The suspicions of phone hacking was referred to Gardai and the staff member was subsequently charged.

She faces up to a year in prison if convicted.



INTERNAL



Council sources have revealed that the woman was at the centre of an internal probe after an audit found that a number of houses designated specifically for those of 'medical priority status' were given to people who did not qualify.

The audit, seen by the Herald, found that at least six housing applicants were incorrectly awarded council properties.

The audit found that 12 files were interfered with by the then clerical officer.

An Executive Manager called for the internal audit in 2007 after expressing concern that a flat in Cuffe Street was allocated to an applicant who was not entitled to the property on medical grounds.

Investigators examined 50 files relating to Dublin City council properties that had been allocated to applicants during the years 2007-2008 as a result of being awarded Medical Priority status.

The woman was found to be amending records in six cases, thus ensuring that all applicants were awarded houses.

The audit states:

"As a direct result of [name withheld] actions, six applicants who had not been awarded Overall Medical Priority by the CMO [Chief Medical Officer] were placed on the Medical Priority List.



CONTROL



"Six properties were subsequently misallocated to these applicants by the City Council on the basis that they had Medical Priority Status."

The audit found that there were "major control weaknesses or no system of control present" in a number of sections of the council.

The City Council could not provide a comment when contacted by the Herald.

hnews@herald.ie

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