Town council voice concern on housing inquiry

Dundalk Town Council suspended standing orders at last week’s meeting to discuss the investigation ordered by County Manager Philomena Poole into the alleged conflict of interest into the purchase of two houses by Louth County Council in 2010.

Dundalk Town Council suspended standing orders at last week’s meeting to discuss the investigation ordered by County Manager Philomena Poole into the alleged conflict of interest into the purchase of two houses by Louth County Council in 2010.

Green Party councillors Mark Dearey and Marianne Butler called for the matter to be discussed.

Cllr Buttler asked for assurances that Dundalk Town Council is not affected as the Dundalk housing department has now merged with that of the county council.

Cllr Dearey asked for details of the nature of the investigation.

However, County Manager Philomena Poole said she could only repeat what she had stated at the monthly meeting of Louth County Council.

She stated:

“Members will be aware there has been some media coverage in relation to the council’s Social Housing Investment Programme for 2010.

“You will be aware that I directed a review to be conducted by the council’’s internal auditors Deloitte.

“That report was received by me and I have now instigated a full investigation into matters surrounding the purchase of the tow particular properties involved.

“All the appropirate steps and procedures have been put in place to facilitate this investigation.

“The Deloitte report will not be made available to the investigation team, to the individuals involved or indeed to any third party, and I have emphatic legal advice to that effect.

“This investigation will be carried out in a timely manner. However until it is fully concluded the council will not engage or comment on any matter which in any way surrounds it in order to ensure that the outcome is not prejudiced for the individuals involved or for the the organisation.”