Longford CEO facing further house sale probe

Longford County Council CEO Tim Caffrey.
Further investigations may be launched by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) in respect of CEO, Longford Co Council, Tim Caffrey.

Further investigations may be launched by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) in respect of CEO, Longford Co Council, Tim Caffrey.

It’s emerged that investigations could centre around ‘other matters’ regarding the approval of a €245,000 State grant to buy his home in Clondra in 2013.

Mr Caffrey admitted last week at a public hearing that he breached ethics rules by not informing the county mayor at the time, Larry Bannon, in writing, of his interests in the house which was being purchased with State funds on behalf of the Muiriosa Foundation.

During last week’s hearing the Commission’s barrister Maurice Collins referred to ‘other matters’ when he pointed out that Mr Caffrey had provided a written statement which addressed “certain matters which are not the subject of the hearing today”.

This week, a commission spokesman said the new matter would be considered at a later date, while the members who presided over last week’s hearing continue in their efforts to determine whether or not Mr Caffrey was inadvertent, negligent, reckless, or intentional when he failed to inform the mayor at the time of the intended purchase.

The deal later fell through and the funds were subsequently returned to the Department.

Mr Caffrey told last week’s hearing that he was set to retire from his position next Spring after 45 years in public service.