Daniel Carey has an interesting account in the Mayo News on Monday night’s County Board meeting which was held to discuss the Strategic Action Plan. It’s so interesting, in fact, that the entire article (byline and all) also appears in this morning’s Indo. Regardless of which paper it’s in, it doesn’t make comfortable reading for the County Board executive, as it provides further proof on their chaotic stewardship of the organisation’s finances within the county.
I should (if I haven’t already done so) declare an interest here, in that I was honoured to serve on the Action Plan sub-committee chaired by PJ Monaghan which was tasked at examining and coming up with a series of recommendations in the area of finance and fundraising. The revelation at Monday night’s meeting – which by the sounds of it, slipped out inadvertantly – that monies (much needed monies, as everyone will readily agree) raised by the supporters’ club are not fully reflected in the County Board accounts clearly came as a shock to some of those in attendance (with one delegate expressing himself to be “deeply troubled” by this admission).
As someone who was honoured to sit on the finance sub-committee, I can’t say I’m overly surprised that this has been happening and it merely goes to show that the recommendations we made in the areas of financial reporting and control are no more than common sense. This highly embarrassing revelation obviously puts pressure on the executive to get its house in order and fast. If it doesn’t, others – who are likely to be a damn sight less sympathetic to their plight than the finance sub-committee were – could step in and ensure that they do.