The damning findings of an internal audit of a County Cork VEC Youthreach project were dealt with only briefly at yesterday’s meeting of the VEC, which lasted almost three hours.
The VEC was meeting for the first time since the audit came before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee last week, and the matter was raised by Clonakilty Cllr Humphrey Deegan.
The Fine Gael councillor, who resigned as chair of the county VEC’s audit committee last September after being criticised by fellow members for breaching confidentiality, asked that a transcript of the PAC proceedings be made available to every member of the VEC, so they could have it read for the next meeting.
However, he failed to get any support and a number of VEC members said they did not want a transcript.
Acting VEC chief executive Joan Russell told the meeting, held in Bantry Community College, that a transcript was available on the Oireachtas website.
She also said she had accepted the critical findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General concerning a failed computer project costing over €161,000 at Glanmire Community College. However, she stressed she was not there in 2004 when the project began.
“I assured the C&AG and I want to assure you we have learnt from it (Glanmire project) and are now moving on from it.”
Earlier, Cllr Deegan had congratulated chief executive of Cork City VEC, Ted Owens, for the “extraordinary account” he gave of himself to the PAC.
However, on the proposal of Cllr Noel O’Connor, FG, seconded by Cllr Donal O’Rourke, FF, the meeting decided not to minute Cllr Deegan’s expression of congratulations. The internal VEC audit has yet to be fully investigated by the PAC.
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