Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Offshore bank accounts' linked to garda college

The Garda Training College in Templemore, Co Tipperary
The Garda Training College in Templemore, Co Tipperary

A senior civilian member of An Garda Siochana has made allegations of offshore bank accounts linked to the Garda Training College in Templemore, according to an explosive new dossier obtained by the Herald.

The documents also reveal that the head of the force's internal audit, Niall Kelly, alleged that the financial scandal at the college in Co Tipperary would see people "being led away in handcuffs".

It has been claimed that an altercation took place in garda headquarters last November, amid bitter tensions between officers involved in investigating the financial scandal.


The dossier, which runs to hundreds of pages, showed that the scandal surrounding the notorious slush fund runs far deeper than previously feared.

It revealed that a bank account linked to the laundry services at the college was used to pay staff loans and fund bonuses, entertainment and sports expenses.

It showed that Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan turned down advice that she should immediately notify Tanaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald about the financial irregularities.

Among new information that can be revealed is that Mr Kelly allegedly told an administrator he believed the college had "offshore bank accounts"

It has also been claimed that the head of finance and services, Michael Culhane, claimed an altercation took place in garda HQ when Mr Kelly sought access to specific emails.

There are also allegations that €30,000 was "wasted" on consultants by the head of human resources, John Barrett, without the approval of the Government.

The allegations are contained in a letter that was sent by Mr Culhane to Mr Kelly in February.

When contacted by the Herald last night, Mr Kelly said he did not wish to comment on the claims.

Mr Barrett did not respond to a request for comment.

Fianna Fail justice spokesperson Jim O'Callaghan earlier this month called on Ms Fitzgerald to sack the Garda Commissioner amid the continuing controversy.

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