Mayo County Council’s Cathaoirleach, Michael Smyth told the RTE Prime Time program last night, Council Room Secretshas not drawn any conclusion on its claim that a garda investigation is underway into false building compliance certificates held by Mayo County Council in relation to a new €11million swimming pool in Castlebar.
In light of the current ongoing audit by Mayo County Council following the authority’s obligation to return over £1m of funding to the Department of Community and Rural Development because ‘didn’t follow regulations for an outdoor recreation program, the Cathaoirleach admits he was surprised he hadn’t heard of the pool issue until the media reported it yesterday.
Last night’s program by RTE survey revealed systemic failures, which enabled false accounting and fraud in local authorities nationwide.
He highlighted the now well known saga that Mayo County Council had to hand over £1.1million recently to the Department of Community and Rural Development for a number of projects including the Clew Bay Greenway, after an audit revealed incorrectly coded bills and money taken. before any work has taken place.
A departmental audit of the scheme revealed major problems in five separate grants to Mayo County Council, leading to repayment.
Councilors-elect have been expressing their anger over the fiasco, since it was first revealed to them by council leadership last December. But councilors were further angered yesterday when they learned, just hours before last night’s program, that a swimming pool issue over allegedly forged compliance certificates held by Mayo County Council for the Castlebar’s new pool was also a problem.
Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley asked MCC’s Cathaoirleach Michael Smyth if he was surprised by the pool story on the program last night…