IN an unprecedented move the manager of Louth Local Authorities has ordered that an audit of council house acquisitions in 2010 be carried out.
The audit comes in wake of revelations last week regarding the council purchasing two properties from senior members of its own housing section.
In a statement released on Sunday evening Louth County Council said: “There have been a number queries relating to the purchase of social housing units by Louth County Council.
“The County Manager, Ms. Philomena Poole directed last week that the Council’s internal auditor, Deloitte initiate an audit of the council’s 2010 Social Housing Acquisition Programme.
“Following completion of the report the County Manager will report to the full council at its September meeting.”
Commenting on the audit Cllr Tómas Sharkey, who had previously requested a meeting with Ms Poole on the matter said: “At this stage the County Manager has not agreed to my request to have a meeting on the matter.
“We in Sinn Féin want the whole matter properly investigated. We want to know if all the records are available including print correspondence, council staff survey of the property at Tullagee, the basis of the recommendation to purchase this property.
“Each day the list of questions gets longer. An auditor’s report must be fully disclosed to the councillors and the public and held up for full scrutiny.”
The story received national prominence last week and was covered in the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday following the original story in last week’s Dundalk Democrat.