Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry has called on the HSE to publish audits, which it has carried out on 27 charities, to ensure greater transparency within the sector.  Deputy Mc Sharry says confidence in the charity sector has suffered following on from the revelations about Console, and he wants to see this restored.

He explained, “There are hundreds of charities across this country which provide excellent services to vulnerable people and we must ensure that these organisations are protected.  The scandal at console risks damaging their reputations, as well as that of the charity sector as a whole.

“The HSE has carried out audits on 27 charities which are in receipt of taxpayers’ money; however they have failed to publish the findings to date.  The HSE needs to reveal what organisations were audited as well as outlining if any issues were uncovered.  It is extremely important that the HSE publishes these audits so that the public is fully aware of how their money is being spent.

“I would also like the Government to act without delay in commencing Section 4 of the Charities Act so that the Regulator will have the necessary powers of investigation and enforcement to ensure that these spending controversies can be prevented into the future.  It is also imperative that the Minister assign the necessary resources and supports to the Regulator so that it can carry out its brief effectively”.