Garda probe at Enable Ireland

A Garda probe is taking place into a claim that money has gone missing from the Enable Ireland (EI) centre outside Naas.

A Garda probe is taking place into a claim that money has gone missing from the Enable Ireland (EI) centre outside Naas.

Enable Ireland spokeswoman Winifred McCourt declined to comment on the issue other than to say that any such allegations are referred to the gardai in accordance with EI’s normal practice. She declined to indicate whether any allegation relating to the unit at Jigginstown had been referred to the gardai.

“I cannot comment on a specific situation,” said Ms. McCourt.

The Leader understands that a four figure sum is involved and that CCTV images as well as tracing the use of a swipe card to enter the building forms part of the investigation.

“It is being investigated locally and it may well be that at least some of the money is repaid before a decision is made about whether the case ultimately goes to court,” said a garda source.

It is thought the amount of money involved is between E5,000 and E6,500 and was not taken during the course of a break-in.

Enable Ireland relies heavily on public fund-raising to finance its services. The Jigginstown centre was officially opened just less than two months ago and provides services for children with a physical disability.