5. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the details regarding the internal audit of Templemore Garda training college; her views on whether any laws have been found by the audit to have been breached; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that neither the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality nor the Committee of Public Accounts had dealt with this report despite her previous replies that this was the case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15949/17]
Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: Deputy Murphy has asked a number of questions regarding the internal audit. They are serious issues in regard to the governance and accountability in the college and they must be addressed comprehensively.
Some of the main issues of concern highlighted by the report include the manner in which the college was run, the existence of a large number of bank accounts and investment accounts linked to the college and staffing issues.
As the Deputy is aware, the Accounting Officer, for the purposes of the Comptroller and Auditor General Acts, is the Garda Commissioner. The findings have been accepted and there is a series of recommendations that are implemented.
The report has been sent to the Committee of Public Accounts now and an important role also is for the Comptroller and Auditor General. Everybody recognises the gravity of the issues.
On receiving the report, and I only got the report that was published this week, I immediately requested the Policing Authority to oversee the implementation of the recommendations and to report back to me on a quarterly basis on the progress being made.
I have e-mailed the Deputy twice to explain that on 9 February, and I certainly was not dismissive of what she said-----