Templemore gardaí may have sent EU funds to bank account

Gardaí in Templemore Garda College may have redirected European Union funding into a bank account in Dublin, it has emerged in fresh allegations.

Several sources have claimed that five per cent of the monies given by EU agency CEPOL were placed in an account in Cabra, Co Dublin and used for entertainment for gardaí. The monies given by CEPOL, a European Union agency for law enforcement, had been designated for training courses.

The head of the Garda internal audit unit Niall Kelly confirmed that he is conducting an investigation into the allocation of such monies as part of an audit of EU-funded projects-programmes going back to 1998.

The Irish Times has seen a copy of an internal audit completed in 2008, which showed monies were being transferred from the CEPOL bank account to the laundry account in Templemore Garda college.

The money was then used to pay for the accommodation costs of the delegates involved in the courses.

College restaurant

The audit reads: “It is difficult to ascertain the reason why these charges are being allocated and lodged to the laundry a/c. In certain circumstances these payments have been paid to the college restaurant initially and then paid subsequently to the laundry account. The financial regulatory practices governing this account are poor.

“Once monies are lodged to this account, the controls placed on the authorising process of expenditure through this account are lax.”

The audit recommends that the bank account for CEPOL is reconciled and all surplus funds credited back to the Department of Justice.

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