Munster calls on Government to publish audit into Drumcar when it is complete

Munster calls on Government to publish audit into Drumcar when it is complete

Local TD Imelda Munster has called on the Government to make a commitment to publish an audit currently underway at St John of God’s Centre in Drumcar.

St John of God Community Services in Drumcar

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday the Sinn Féin TD said the publication of the audit was necessary following reports that money had been taken from the personal bank accounts of residents.

She said: “Residents had money taken from their personal bank accounts to purchase medical supplies that St John of God should have purchased”.

“One resident also had his own personal bank account raided to purchase cutlery, soft furnishings and a fireplace for the St John of God.”

The Louth TD said the audit should be published in the interests of transparency and given the apparent lack of scrutiny by the HSE despite millions of euro in public money being paid into this service.

In response Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “It appears to be more than borrowing from patients’ personal bank accounts if what Deputy Munster is saying is true.

“Clearly we cannot have a situation where patients’ private bank accounts are raided to pay for public property in any facility. That is a crime.”

He added that Minister for Health Simon Harris would deal with the issue when he received the report and “when he has had time to reflect on it.”

Earlier this month HIQA deemed four of the eight residential units at Drumcar not fit for purpose.

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