Registrar’s review of central government fund distribution ethics in Tuam district reveals no further action needed
Galway Bay fm Newsroom – A review referred by the Registrar of Ethics on the distribution of € 180,000 in central government funding in the Municipal District of Tuam concluded that no further action is necessary.
The emergency motion requiring investigation was led by Fine Gael advisor Andrew Reddington and supported by independent advisor Karey McHugh and Fine Gael advisor Pete Roche.
The matter has now been jointly considered by County Cathaoirleach Peter Keaveney and Galway County Council Chief Executive Jim Cullen, who have concluded that there has been no violation of the local government ethics framework.
The central issue concerns a motion adopted at an April meeting where it was alleged that the € 180,000 had been unfairly distributed among four advisers and that the details of the projects contravened the minister’s instruction.
Regarding the distribution of funds, the review indicated that the decision taken was based on a motion presented, voted on and duly adopted at the municipal district meeting – and in this regard, complied with the requirements set out in the letter. of the Minister.
Another question was raised as to whether the projects described in the proposal contravened the Minister’s directives.
The review indicated that the municipal district exercised its discretion in the majority vote allocation.
He further stated that it would seem easier to pretend that the funds were used in whole or in part for something more, rather than not.
Regardless, it was stated that this is not something that could be seen as a violation of the local government‘s ethical framework, or contrary to the councilors’ code of conduct.