GARDA chief Noirin O’Sullivan could be leaving the force after being tipped to take up a new role at Europol.
The under-pressure Commissioner is among a number of candidates being considered for a senior position in the area of specialist enforcement, the Sunday Business Post claimed.
The job with Europe’s law enforcement agency will become available in November this year.
Since becoming Commissioner in November 2014, Ms O’Sullivan has had to deal with a number of controversies – from almost one million falsified breath tests to most recently the financial scandal at the Garda Training College in Templemore, Co Tipperary.
Earlier this month she was heavily criticised in a report by the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee for her handling of the issue.
The PAC had been investigating serious financial mismanagement at the training college which it found to have 50 associated bank accounts as part of a non-transparent system of accounting.Public funds were also being misused to pay for gifts, while EU money was being diverted into a bank account used to fund Garda entertainment.
The PAC report said the information Ms O’Sullivan provided to the State’s financial watchdog – the Comptroller and Auditor General – “was not accurate and therefore not acceptable” in relation to the financial irregularities.
It also criticised Ms O’Sullivan for not reporting the issues to the watchdog as soon as she learned of them.
Ms O’Sullivan is on six weeks’ scheduled leave and will return on September 4.