Garda probe into false invoices is continuing

The Garda investigation into the use of false invoices to claim nearly €60,000 from government funding body Pobal for the Tipperary Hostel Project is still ongoing more than a year after the probe began.

The Garda investigation into the use of false invoices to claim nearly €60,000 from government funding body Pobal for the Tipperary Hostel Project is still ongoing more than a year after the probe began.

In early September 2010, Pobal forwarded to the Gardai the contents of the investigation its auditor carried out when the false invoices amounting to €57,373 were brought to its attention by the Tipperary Hostel Board of Management.

The false invoices were used to draw down Dormant Accounts grant money from Pobal.

Work on renovating Tipperary’s former workhouse to transform it into tourist accommodation stopped in May last year after Pobal suspended its funding to the project and demanded the return of the funds incorrectly claimed.

Tipperary Garda District’s Supterintendent Padraig Dunne told The Nationalist the garda investigation into this matter was ongoing but refused to comment any further.

At the time Pobal forwarded its investigation to the Gardai, the Tipperary Hostel Board of Managment’s treasurer Michael Maguire said the Board would give the Gardai any help it could in its investigation as it wanted the matter cleared up.

Mr Maguire said at the time that the Board was quite happy that nobody personally gained financially and any money claimed from Pobal was used on the Tipperary Hostel Project site.

A statement issued by the Board of Management of Tipperary Hostel last autumn, outlined that Pobal grant aided the project solely for the purpose of creating self-contained hostel units but some of this money was diverted to the restoration of the church in the workhouse building.