Updated: 20/07/17 : 05:17:08Printable Version
In the wake of the damning PAC report on Financial Irregularities in the Garda College committee member Marc Mac Sharry TD has said a precedent has now being set by Government that blatant disregard for corporate governance, proper practice and indeed the law is OK. The Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo/Leitrim said, "the state is now effectively handing a free pass to the CEO's of all State Agencies to do as they will without fear of any repercussions.
He had earlier this week said it was time for Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan to go saying that she failed in her duty to raise concern about financial irregularities at the training college in Templemore..
"This is totally unacceptable in a state that aspires to the meet the highest standards of law and governance. It should become common practice, underlined by legislation if necessary that if those in charge of state agencies and commercial semi states are anything other than prompt and direct in immediately meeting their responsibilities in keeping government informed of any breaches or perceived breaches in law or good governance then they must vacate the position of authority forthwith"Analysis
Deputy Mac Sharry continued, "What we have seen this week is an incredible display of ambivalence by Taoiseach Varadkar which by any objective analysis endorses delay, procrastination, inaccurate reporting and poor governance as being the acceptable actions of those in charge of state agencies. In the private sector heads would roll and criminal investigations may well have been initiated"
" To add insult to injury amidst the most damning indictment of the management of our police force through dishonest delay, evasion and a culture of containment the person the people pay to deal with such issues is taking a five-week leave of absence. Incredible stuff!
"The auto pilot nature which this Government are happy to embrace and accept from Garda Management defies understanding. Five weeks off while continuing crisis looms, the fall out from the PAC report uncertain, Charlton in full swing and the already delayed bogus penalty points Report set to complete in the commissioners absence. All are entitled to a vacation but would Padraig Pearse have headed off a few days before Easter Week or Michael O Leary before Ryanair's AGM - I don't think so.
"Varadkar has shown us his style as a commentator but it's time for substance as a leader.
"The action required is obvious. In its absence it will be 'open season' for state agencies to justifiably feel they can ignore corporate governance, best practice and even the law when it suits. Worse than this is the contempt it shows to the Irish People," concluded the Sligo-based TD.