Poole Has Job To Finish In Louth – Sharkey

SF Tomas Sharkey 3Sinn Féin County Council Group Leader in Louth Tomás Sharkey has made the
following statement on the news that the County Manager in Louth, Ms Philomena
Poole is to resign her post.

Ms Poole is being appointed as County manager in Dún Laoghaire & Rathdown.

“We in Sinn Féin wish Ms Poole all the best in her new role. On a number of occasions we saw Ms Poole offering honest, factual data to Councillors.

“She was up front with us on the issue of Housing Adaptation grants, funding for Women’s Aid, the Auditors Report into Louth’s 2012 accounts and the financial implications of cash reserves being spent on land during the boom.

“Ms Poole’s first meeting was in September. Then she announced an audit into the purchase of houses from council management staff. That was a bold move by Ms Poole. We are not convinced that previous management would have shown such commitment to getting to the truth.

“That audit has become a whole scale enquiry. Our concerns remain and we
now have concerns about the credibility of the enquiry. We have not received the
findings of this enquiry yet.

“Sinn Féin feel that Ms Poole has a job to finish here in Louth. We need to discover all the details around house purchases and also why land was bought in Louth village and Kilkerley  using cash reserves at astronomical prices, with not one house ever being built.

“We do wish her well and expect to meet her in the future when investigations come to
fruition.”

Louth Housing Investigation should be completed quickly – Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams commenting on the news that two senior staff in the Louth Housing Section have been suspended said:“This decision arises directly from concerns raised by Councillor Tomás Sharkey in recent months, and the work of the Dundalk Democrat, in highlighting the circumstances in which two houses, belonging to senior members of the Council’s Housing Department, were bought in 2010 by Louth County Council. Continue reading