Calls for charity regulator to appear before Public Accounts Committee

Calls for charity regulator to appear before Public Accounts Committee

There has been calls for the charity regulator to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to discuss the situation with Console.

The HSE are due before the committee next week.

A number of members of the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee have called on the charity regulator to appear before them.

It comes after the Tánaiste gave the regulator extra powers of investigation - however they will not come into effect for another two months.

Alan Kelly, who was elected vice-chair of the PAC this morning, said people want answers: “This issue is really touching people in a sense that they are really concerned on a number of levels, not just on how tax payers money is being spent.

“But also about how the voluntary money is being spent and also about the services that they are providing and also about whether those services are going to continue.”

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane (pictured) said a number of questions have been raised about how charities are carrying out their business: “Unfortunately it seems to be prevalent across many of these organisations I mean there are a number of them now who have been at the centre of very serious issues.

“And it is of huge public concern, obviously.”

The HSE are before the PAC next week.

In preparation they have sent a large number of hard copy documents to the committee.

These include an internal audit report which the HSE have asked members not to leak until after the committee meeting.

It all comes as the Interim CEO of Console meets the charities employees today.


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