‘No record’ of how Cork charity spent state funds

THERE is no “record or evidence” of how anyone except a select inner circle benefited over a 10-year period in which the State was funding an organisation for survivors of institutional abuse, it has been claimed.

Right of Place in Cork, which has been in crisis since last year following revelations that donated money was not filtering down to members, has been funded to the tune of at least €2.4 million by the HSE since 2002, with a further €1m coming from the Department of Education.

These figures do not include unknown amounts from religious orders.

Now the recently elected treasurer and secretary of a new board of directors, which the HSE hoped would ease unrest within the organisation, have resigned, claiming they cannot stand over an alleged cover-up in relation to past actions of the organisation.

In August Tom Brennan and Patrick Cleary were elected to the board of the Cork-based charity, which claims to represent up to 1,500 people, although a database has not been produced to prove this.

After taking legal advice, and having not received any answers to his questions, Mr Brennan quit.

Despite ongoing concerns the HSE continues to fob off queries in relation to Right of Place and is ignoring requests for a full and independent investigation into how millions of euro in taxpayers’ money has been spent.

Last month, the organisation’s founder and project leader, Noel Barry, who has always refused to comment on the situation, finally stepped down.

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