Longford County Manager Tim Caffrey insists he complied with all relevant regulations in regard to the proposed acquisition of his house in Clondra.
In a statement issued to the ‘Longford Leader’ on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Caffrey explained, “I am satisfied, and advised that the process was at all times totally transparent and complied not only with the letter of the relevant regulations, but also with the spirit of those regulations.”
Mr Caffrey outlined that he also immediately declared his interest in the property.
“This includes my immediate declaration of interest to all the relevant executives of the Council as soon as the application of the Muiriosa Foundation, under the Capital Assistance Scheme, was received.”
The proposed €250,000 purchase of Mr Caffrey’s property by the Muiriosa Foundation under CAS has subsequently fallen through.
Mr Caffrey said he outlined the process in detail to elected members of Longford County Council during a behind closed doors meeting yesterday afternoon (Monday).
“I attended an information meeting in Longford County Council where I took the members through all of the steps that were taken in the process relevant to the potential acquisition of a house at Clondra, Co Longford.”
Mr Caffrey also welcomed the decision of councillors to refer the matter to the Standards in Public Office Commission and the Local Government Auditor.
He pointed out, “I also informed the councillors at yesterday’s meeting that I welcome their decision to involve the Standards in Public Office Commission and the Local Government Auditor, in the interest of transparency and the validation of my approach.”