Over claiming of expenses by a board member of a Waterford Family Resource Centre unacceptable – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford and member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane has described as “outrageous and unacceptable” a finding from SIPO that a board member of a family resource centre in Waterford claimed €43,966 in expenses inappropriately.
Deputy Cullinane said it was all the more outrageous given the level of cuts to the sector in recent times which resulted in a reduction in services across the board. He said deliberate breaches of ethics legislation cannot go unpunished and that all public money wrongly claimed needs to be paid back in full.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“I welcome that SIPO has done its job and thoroughly investigated this breach in ethics legislation. Any misuse of public funds in this way cannot be tolerated. Any expenses inappropriately claimed needs to be paid back in full.
“The Public Accounts Committee needs to evaluate the effectiveness of Governance and financial controls in all public agencies and section 38 and section 39 organisations. The people need to have trust that their hard earned taxes are being spent fairly and appropriately. I intend to raise this and other related issues at the next meeting of the Public Accounts Committee.”