• Galway County Board has paid Croke Park 390,000 euro for All-Ireland Final tickets in 2015.

    RTE is reporting that Galway treasurer Michael Burke told a County Board meeting on Tuesday night that the outstanding sum has been paid to GAA HQ.

    Galway were beaten by Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Hurling Final that year and have since contested two finals, and won one of those in 2017.

    The treasurer also told the meeting that the County Board had to write off around 100,000 in bad debt, sums that were owed to them, but that could no longer be collected for various reasons.

    The news came as delegates await the publication of an internal audit report, commissioned by the treasurer, that has been completed for some months and has been seen by senior GAA officials in Croke Park.

    The report hasn’t yet been made public, as it has been the subject of legal correspondence.

    Croke Park have commissioned Mazars, the international auditing and corporate financing company, to conduct a full audit of Galway GAA and they have been working in Galway for a number of weeks. They are expected to report their findings in the next couple of weeks.

  • Some of the women identified in the recent national smear test audit as having died, were from the HSE West regional Health Forum catchment area.

    That was confirmed yesterday by Saolta Group Executive Chairman Tony Canavan at the HSE West Forum meeting in Merlin Park, however, he was not prepared to identify the victims any further.

    209 women nationally were identified in the audit as having incorrect smear test results and should have been recommended earlier for follow-up treatments.

    Standing Orders were suspended at the start of yesterday’s gathering as the Chairperson of the Forum, Headford based councillor Mary Hoade together with other councillors  sought clarification on the number  of women involved in the smear test controversy that were from western counties.

    Tony Canavan told the meeting some of the 17 women who have died nationwide are from the HSE western region, and some are among the 209 identified as having received incorrect results.

    He assured councillors that hospitals in the region are working with the serious incident management team to ensure all women affected are contacted.

    Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade told Midwest today that it is reasonable not to identify the women affected any further, and added she is pleased that the Scoping Inquiry is proceeding, as announced by government, to look at a random number of more recent smear tests.

  • An internal audit of Galway GAA’s financial affairs, which was ordered by the new treasurer Mike Burke, will be completed by St Patrick’s weekend.

    According to today’s Irish Independent, the audit will focus on broader financial administration issues.

    The audit is separate to a report compiled by a three-man committee who last year found anomalies in the manner in which gate receipts were reconciled at various grounds around the county.

    Galway GAA showed a fairly healthy balance sheet at last December’s convention, when a profit, before depreciation, of €418,773 was recorded, which was up from €79,421 the previous year.

    Beyond a lucrative sponsorship deal with Supermacs, considerable debt has built up with the purchase of land for development of a training centre at Mountain South. The sum owed to Central Council is estimated at around €2.6m, on top of ticket money still owed to Croke Park, dating back to 2015.

  • A new audit of women affected by the Cervical Check controversy has been commissioned by the HSE.

    It's due to a the low consent rate among the 221 plus women caught up in the controversy who were willing to participate in a government review by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK.

    According to the Irish Times, only 31 percent were found to be taking part.

    The HSE is to create a healthcare team to carry out new audit, which it says it hopes will be complete by Christmas.

  • Six TDs and senators were found to have made ineligible claims totalling almost €10,000 in 2017 after the audit of 22 Oireachtas members by accountancy firm Mazars.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin was among this group

    According to today’s Irish Independent, last night Senator Mulherin disputed the guidelines for expenses claims made under the Public Representation Allowance (PRA).

    She paid back €2,000.

    The senator told Midwest Radio in a statement this morning that “the vouched expenditure in dispute was on advertisements for clinics in local newspapers”.

    In the statement she added that she totally disagrees with the findings of the auditors." Her PRA expenditure was "100pc vouched" she said and added: "Clearly, I have not gained personally from this."

    She disputes the legal basis for the PRA guidelines and said she had a senior counsel's opinion to back up her position.

    Senator  Mulherin has complained to the Ceann Comhairle "pointing out the need to correct the PRA guidelines".

    She concluded saying she has “repaid in full the sum sought”.